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Terror tentacles in Meghalaya: NCP candidate killed

SHILLONG: Diabolic terror tentacle is spreading in Meghalaya a week ahead of the assembly polls where a poll candidate was among five were killed in an explosion in the northeastern state.

NCP candidate Jonathone N Sangma, his two security guards and two associates died when suspected GNLA rebels exploded a powerful bomb on Sunday evening in a remote place within his constituency in the East Garo Hills district.

The explosion took place at 7.30 in the evening as Sangma and his team was on their way back to home in Williamnagar after holding a huge poll rally. All the passengers inside the scorpio on which they were travelling were killed on the spot.

All the bodies were brought to the Williamnagar Civil Hospital for post mortem. Police officials suspect the incident a handiwork of GNLA since the entire area is said to a huge stronghold of the Garo rebels who often keep unleashing terror in the form of killing, kidnapping and extortion.

The rebel outfit has been targeting Sangma since 2013 before he lost to Congress candidate forcing the authorities to provide him security forces to ensure safety.

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UNLFW diktat muffles I-Day celebration

11 Aug 2016 - 8:56am | Syed Miraz Ahmed

The United National Liberation Front of WESEA [UNLFW], the Co-ordination Committee [CorCom], Manipur, the Garo National Liberation Army [GNLA] and the Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council [HNLC] has called for the boycott of India’s 70th Independence Day with a total shut down.

In a joint statement the groups condemned what they term as ‘continuous racist attacks’ on citizens of Western South Asia [WESA] inhabiting mainland India, the latest being the humiliating incidence of Monika Khangembam of Manipur that proves the vulnerability of the people of the region in spite of carrying genuine citizenship and passport.

The groups are of the view that the three Indian Armed Forces are adequately equipped with AFSPA to crush dissent within Indian democracy run mostly by corrupt thugs indulged in crimes. That India’s expansionist hegemonic designs have captured the region with deceit and might, the groups feel. With such a historical reality the fraternal revolutionary parties are totally committed to freeing the region from the colonial clutch of India. “Our multi-faceted resistance movements against India’s tyrannical occupation are un-daunting and unwavering,” echoed the statement.

The groups are determined to free the whole region, uprooting Indian rule for good.

“The world’s largest collection of pristine indigenous tribes of unique and myriad cultures are slowly being lost to the subtle changes bringing in self-destruction, following a mirage of progress of the elusive Indian utopia,” they assert.

However, the groups opine that this will be possible only if the citizens assert together for the value of freedom, pride for their own identity based on their roots and traditions. A brief look at the present stark reality around with a careful observation should make one shiver at what is taking place in the whole WESEA region.

As a part of their visible resistance, they called upon the “oppressed people” to rise up against the Indian hegemony and boycott India’s Independence Day by staying home ​ so that the whole world comes to know that from the east of Bangladesh to the west of Myanmar, the people of WESEA cannot be subjugated and suppressed anymore.

“All public and private transportation should come to a grinding halt, all shops and markets to draw their shutters down, educational institutions to remain close on August 15, 2016 from 1 AM till 6 PM,” the statement emphasized. However, essential and humanitarian services are exempt from the total shutdown during the stipulated hours.

“Our targets are the Indian occupational forces, not civilians,” concluded the statement taking on the security agencies​ ​days before the preparations for the 70th Independence Day.



Engineer kidnapped for money

22 Jun 2014 - 10:19pm | AT News

Suspected NDFB militants are believed to have kidnapped an engineer from Andhra Pradesh Haflong last week.

Sources have confirmed a demand of Rs. 6 crore ransom for the release forcing police to launch a combing operation in the entire district.

Identified as Nagamalleswara Rao, a native of the Prakasam district in Andhra Pradesh, is employed with a private firm in Assam.

 According to police, he was abducted on June 16 as he was working as the manager of a stone crusher unit.

The reason for abduction is extortion. Around five suspected militants entered the stone crushing unit at Kalachand, about 60 kilometres from Haflong and kidnapped the 36-year-old manager.


Implement Labour Act: ATTSA

15 Feb 2017 - 11:34am | Robertson Tanti

The Assam Tea Tribe Students’ Association Udalguri district Committee arranged a 2 hours picketing program in front of the Deputy Commissioner  of Udalguri district on the 14th instant and demanded through their memorandum for permanent settlement and rehabilitation of landless tea tribe families and settlement of their land those which has been being occupied by the tea tribe families since a long time, to implement Plantation Labour Act 1951 in all tea estates of Assam, to issue national food security scheme to all tea workers of Assam, Status of water supply, Sanitation and Hygiene practices among the tea garden population of Assam, to provincialize tea estate primary schools and to increase student-teacher ratio in the estates.

The students' union said despite repeated pleas to Dispur to provide land pattas for the tea tribes, it is still a distant dream. "We have been fighting for land pattas for over two decades. But nothing has been done despite several assurances from the government,'' alleged Kailash Gorh, central executive, Udalguri unit  of the association.

The union demanded that the state government immediately allot two bighas for every tea tribe household. "Our agitation will continue until our demands are fulfilled. We urge the BJP-led government to immediately provide land pattas to our people,'' said Biren Kisan, Secretary, Udalguri district committee, ATTSA .

Amit Tanti, BTC Regional Secretary said the BJP government at the Centre should also speed up the process for granting Scheduled Tribe (ST) status to the community. "In the gardens, our people lack electricity in their homes and adequate potable water. We ask the government to provide these facilities at the earliest," he said. The union urged the government to stop exploitation and work for the tea garden community. "The community, which has been living in Assam for the last three decades, has been neglected. We demand equal rights in Assam.