Meghalaya Deputy CM Prestone Tynsong assures seriousness of HNLC peace talks

July 14, 2023 by MT Bureau

Staff Reporter

Shillong, July 13: Deputy Chief Minister-in-charge Home (Police) Prestone Tynsong today said the Government of India, state government and the Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) are very serious about taking the peace talks to its final conclusion.

“Let me tell you again that the government of India, state government and HNLC are very serious about this talk and we wanted to make sure that we reach the final conclusion,” Tynsong told reporters.

He said the official talks have already started and the government is still waiting for certain processes (to be completed) as per the last talks that have happened.

On HNLC’s demand for amnesty, the deputy chief minister replied, “As I said because the official talks has just started so please be patient with me no need to ask this question because the talk has just started so let the talk be over.”

On June 24, the HNLC had conveyed its demand to drop all criminal cases registered against its leaders and cadres while asserting that amnesty is needed to take the peace process forward during the first round of peace talks held with the Centre and State governments.

The outfit’s representative and HNYF president Sadon K Blah had then said, “We have discussed today on the need to open the door for the peace process to move forward and (to do this) the government should consider granting amnesty by waving all criminal charges against the HNLC leaders and cadres.”

He had said the outfit is seeking amnesty on cases registered against its leaders and cadres by both Centre and State governments.

There is only one case registered and chargesheeted by the Centre’s National Investigation Agency (NIA) against top leaders of the HNLC which include its chairman Bobby Marwein and general secretary-cum-publicity secretary Sainkupar Nongtraw.