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4 Indian convicted in B’desh were HNLC militants
Correspondent/IANS SHILLONG, MAY 2
Published on 3 May. 2010 12:48 AM IST
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Meghalaya police today confirmed that the four Indian youths convicted by the Bangladesh courts were members of the proscribed Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC).
On April 29, a local court in Sylhet district of Bangladesh convicted the four Indians -- Robin (35), Mill (28), Over (25) and Star (24) –- to rigorous imprisonment for 17 years in connection with arms smuggling case.
The four convicted persons hailed from Shillong here in Meghalaya.
“All the four convicted persons in Bangladesh are members of the HNLC and are wanted in Meghalaya for several crimes,” Superintendent of Police, Claudia A Lyngwa told Nagaland Post.
Sketchy reports from various networks confirmed that the four convicted Indians in Bangladesh are members of the outlawed HNLC,” Additional Director General of Police (Special Branch) S.K. Jain told IANS.
The HNLC, a Khasi separatist outfit that carries out hit-and-run operations from its hideouts in Bangladesh, has been demanding a sovereign Hynniewtrep homeland in Eastern Meghalaya.
The HNLC is a banned rebel outfit fighting for an independent tribal ‘Sovereign Hynniewtrep Homeland’.
It is carrying out its hit and run operation against the state out of Bangladesh.
On April 29, the court of Additional District and Sessions Judge of Sylhet-I convicted Robin (35), Mill (28), Over (25) and Star (24) -- all hailing from Shillong -- in a five-year-old case of arms smuggling.
The four were also involved in several kidnappings, murders and bank heist, including the biggest bank heist on January 24, 2005 at Khliehriat in coal-rich district of Jaintia Hills.
On July 15, 2005, the Bangladesh Rifles arrested the four HNLC militants from Karaballa point under Sylhet district after they entered Bangladesh through Karimganj sector in Assam.
The BDR seized one AK 56 rifle, 3 grenades of 102 model, two 9 mm pistols, 316 bullets of AK 56 rifle, 328 bullets of 9 mm pistol, 4 magazines of AK 56 rifle, 3 magazines of 9 mm pistol, 3000 Indian rupees and 2700 Bangladeshi taka from their possession.
According to the police official, the HNLC is closely linked to the Isak-Muivah faction of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland and the National Liberation Front of Tripura.

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