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HNLC boycotts RD, M’laya security up
Correspondent SHILLONG, JAN 23 (NPN):
Published on 24 Jan. 2009 1:08 AM IST
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Meghalaya government has beefed up security as the outlawed Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) has called for a boycott of the Republic Day celebrations, official sources said today. Central Paramilitary Forces and police personnel were deployed at various places of the city. Police commandos were checking all vehicles passing through the city and Meghalaya-Assam border to detect movement of insurgents who might infiltrate in the state capital to disrupt the celebrations. “Although, there have been no specific information about possible militant attacks to disrupt the celebration, we have put all our police personnel on high alert” Meghalaya Director General of Police, Kulbir Krishan said. attacks across the country,” Meghalaya Director General of Police, Kulbir Krishan said. Today, the proscribed HNLC, which has been fighting for an ‘independent Hynniewtrep homeland’ for some decades, has called a 24-hour bandh to boycott Republic Day celebrations in Khasi and Jaintia Hills areas of the state. The bandh would be in force from 1800 hours from 6 pm on January 25 to 6 pm next to protest against “India’s Independence Day celebrations”. BSF personnel guarding the porous Indo-Bangla border have been asked to keep an extra vigil to thwart attempts by North East-based militants to sneak into India from their hideouts in Bangladesh, There are at least 176 camps and hideouts of such ultra outfits entrenched in Bangladesh. Incidentally, another militant outfit of the state -Achik National Volunteers’ Council (ANVC) - fighting for a separate Garoland and under a ceasefire agreement with the government has not boycotted the celebrations for many years. Therefore, for the past few years, Independence and Republic day were celebrated in Garo Hills without any hitch.

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