Shillong, Sept 7: Chief Minister Conrad Sangma has said the NIA filing chargesheet against HNLC leaders will not affect the peace talks with the outfit.
The NIA had filed chargesheet against four HNLC men, including its chief Bobby Marwein, for planting an IED behind staff quarters of Star Cement in East Jaintia Hills.
Besides Marwein @ Regan Marwein @ Wanbor Khardesaw @ Lung @ William, the chargesheet is also against the general secretary cum publicity secretary Sainkupar Nongtraw @ Deng Deng @ Wadborlang Nongrum @ Wadkupar Nongrum @ Rocky Nongrum, Emmanuel Suchen @ Shwa and Marius Rynjah @ Hep Koit.
“Let me give an assurance that we will ensure there is no kind of hurdle or interference or any kind of problem because of these investigations by independent agencies and these will not and should not affect the peace talks,” Sangma told reporters on Wednesday.
He said the Centre is directly involved in the proposed peace talks and added that the ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) knows the complications.
“So whatever discussion needs to be made with MHA, we will discuss with them but let me assure everybody that there will not be any hindrance or any kind of a stumble or hurdle to the peace talks,” he asserted.
Conrad said basically the talks at an unofficial level have already started as a lot of ground work is needed to come to the official talks.
Meeting with Amit Shah
The chief minister recently met the Union Home Minister Amit Shah in Delhi and discussed about the peace talks with HNLC.
“I briefed him on the developments that are taking place and discussions that have been taking place and how we plan to move forward and the different issues and concerns that are there which are not that serious in nature or I should say there were some points of discussion and the discussions are going on as we speak but we are very positive, all the people who are involved in this talks are positive and we are working hard with a lot of trust and confidence that we are able to take this to a logical conclusion,” he said.
Sangma said that the government is committed to ensure that the issue is resolved at the earliest in order to bring lasting peace in the state.