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Govt bans Meghalaya-based Insurgent Group HNLC
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Govt bans Meghalaya-based Insurgent Group HNLC

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Delhi, 18 Nov 2019: Union Government has banned the Meghalaya-based insurgent group Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) for its increased activities of violence.

HNLC along with all its factions, wings and frontal organisations has been openly declaring as its objective the secession of the state's areas, which are largely inhabited by Khasi and Jaintia tribals, from the Indian Union, The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has said in a statement.

The group continues to intimidate and bully civilians to extort funds, maintains links with other insurgent groups of the Northeast to carry out acts of extortion and intimidation, and maintains camps in Bangladesh to give sanctuary and training to its cadre, it said.

The central government is also of the opinion that HNLC's activities are detrimental to the sovereignty and integrity of India.

The ministry also listed the violence perpetrated by the HNLC in recent past that include four incidents involving killing of one civilian, during the period from January 1, 2015, to July 31, 2019, arrest of 16 of its cadres, recovery of four weapons, surrender of 14 of its cadres and kidnapping of four persons.

Earlier, the HNLC was declared a banned organisation on November 16, 2000 but the ban was later lifted.