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HM cancels visit to Meghalaya
Correspondent Shillong, DEC 17:
Published on 17 Dec. 2009 11:33 PM IST
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Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram has cancelled his visit to Meghalaya where he was scheduled to address the trainees of North Eastern Police Academy (NEPA) at Umsaw during the passing-out-parade on December 19. The outlawed Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC), a tribal Khasi militant outfit had called for 24-hour bandh opposing Mr Chidambaram’s maiden visit to Meghalaya. “The Union Home Minister has cancelled his visit due to his heavy schedule and has nothing to do with the HNLC bandh,” Meghalaya Director General of Police Sibrata Kakati told UNI here. HNLC Spokesman Sainkupar Nongtraw said that the bandh was called to show to the Union Home Minister the opposition by people of ‘Hynniewtrep Land’ against forceful occupation of land by the armed forces, human rights abuse and attempt to forcefully extract uranium from West Khasi Hills. The HNLC, a tribal Khasi militant outfit is fighting for an independent tribal ‘Sovereign Hynniewtrep Homeland’ and carry out its hit and run operation against the state out of Bangladesh. In the past, the militant outfit had boycotted the visit of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the Congress president Sonia Gandhi to the state. Meanwhile, Meghalaya Chief Minister DD Lapang and Arunachal Pradesh Home Minister Tako Dabi will address the passing-out-parade of 414 trainees from the North Eastern states - Mizoram 99, Manipur 252, Tripura 1, Meghalaya 55, Nagaland 1 and Arunachal Pradesh 6, including two lady Deputy Superintendent of Police and 20 lady Cadet Sub Inspectors.

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