SHILLONG, July 22 � Meghalaya Government today warned Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) sympathisers, be it politicians or individuals, of �disastrous consequences� if they continued supporting the anti-socials.
In his harshest statement yet, Chief Minister Mukul Sangma said, the government has �access to intelligence inputs� of GNLA sympathisers and warned these elements to mend their ways to avoid disastrous consequences.
�Everything is under the government scanner. It would be disastrous for the sympathisers and those who are hand in glove with the GNLA if they continued their support,� Sangma warned.
There are whispers in the State about the involvement of politicians and businessmen with the GNLA. The GNLA is believed to be getting its strength from some politicians, businessmen, including disgruntled elements from the police force.
�It is in the interest of these sympathisers to support the government to fight anti-socials,� was the Chief Minister�s advice.
The core of the GNLA consists of deserters from Meghalaya State police and Achik National Volunteers� Council (ANVC) � another Garo Hills based militant outfit now under a ceasefire agreement with the government.
The government, meanwhile, is examining whether GNLA should be declared a banned organisation.
The official line of the Meghalaya Government towards the GNLA so far has been that these are a �bunch of criminals� and the security forces are capable enough to neutralise these anti-socials.