SHILLONG, July 16 � An Independent legislator from Garo Hills, Saleng Sangma has written to the Union Home Minister demanding a CBI probe into the alleged politician-militant nexus in Garo Hills.
Sangma, in his letter to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said �resolve all these issues by initiating a CBI probe.� Demanding the Centre�s intervention, he added that the CBI probe is required �since the head of government (Chief Minister Mukul Sangma) had himself claimed that such a nexus exists in Meghalaya.�
Sangma was a former Congress legislator and held the Community and Rural Development portfolio in the previous Government, but was denied ticket by the Congress in the last Assembly elections and won the Gambegre seat as an Independent candidate.
Drawing attention of the Union Home Minister, Sangma said, the Congress Government in Meghalaya has �totally collapsed and the entire Government machinery has miserably failed in maintaining law and order and protecting the citizens and their interests.�
The legislator said that of late militancy problem has �crossed all limits� and the general public, including government officials, bank employees, and others have been victims of this onslaught.
�In 2012, my residence itself was attacked with a grenade which exploded but by God�s Grace, my family was unharmed. The militants had even planted an RDX explosive to kill me which I fortunately escaped,� Sangma said.
In the recent past, there has been a spate of killings, abductions and also custodial deaths in the Garo Hills region. The militants and also the police have been blamed for the killings.
The Gambegre legislator further said that there are at present a dozen militant groups operating in Garo Hills. He further stated that the Chief Minister has claimed that there are enough evidences to prove the links of politicians with these militant groups in the State, but till date, no action in this regard has been initiated and therefore sought the Centre�s intervention.