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Meghalaya rebel group says its leader is in Bangladesh

By The Assam Tribune

Shillong, Sep 3 (IANS): The outlawed Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) on Friday said its military wing chief Bobby Reagan Marwein is still alive and media reports of his death in Bangladesh are baseless. On Thursday, the Kolkata-based daily The Telegraph said Marwein, the founding member of HNLC, a secessionist Khasi rebel group, was killed in a brawl in Bangladesh this week.

"Our Chief of army staff Mr. Bobby Marwein he is fine, secure, healthy and unharmed," HNLC Spokesman Sainkupar Nongtraw said. "There is no such thing anywhere where HNLC chief is involved in a brawl leading to his death. This is nothing but cheap propaganda," Nongtraw said, while accusing the Indian government of "spreading unfounded propaganda" against the HNLC.

Refuting the report of The Telegraph, the HNLC said, "such motivated report will not serve any purpose to weaken or demoralise the HNLC forces.

Meghalaya orders probe into ANVC's 'secret' killings:The Meghalaya government yesterday announced a high-level probe into the "secret killings" of tribal Garo people by A'chik National Volunteers Council (ANVC) rebels in the State.

ANVC, considered the most powerful militant group in Garo Hills, but currently in a tripartite ceasefire agreement with the Central and State governments, has been accused by its rival group, the Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) of indulging in secret killings.

"Since the allegations are serious, we have constituted an inquiry committee to probe into these allegations of secret killings by ANVC in the Garo Hills," Chief Secretary WMS Pariat told journalists here.

Peter W. Ingty, the divisional commissioner, has been appointed to probe into killing. "We have given him a month's time to submit his findings to the state government," Pariat said.

A GNLA leader alleged many innocent Garo youths were silently killed by ANVC and their bodies were buried in unmarked graves at ANVC's designated camp at Samanda and behind their liaison office at Tura.

In fact, the GNLA has threatened a four-day shutdown beginning Sep 9, if the government fails to investigate the ANVC's secret killings.

Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma on Thursday had asked the Union Home Ministry to confirm the alleged killing of Marwein in Bangladesh.

The HNLC is a secessionist group fighting for a sovereign Khasi homeland in eastern part of Meghalaya.

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Meghalaya rebel group says its leader is in Bangladesh

Shillong, Sep 3 (IANS): The outlawed Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) on Friday said its military wing chief Bobby Reagan Marwein is still alive and media reports of his death in Bangladesh are baseless. On Thursday, the Kolkata-based daily The Telegraph said Marwein, the founding member of HNLC, a secessionist Khasi rebel group, was killed in a brawl in Bangladesh this week.

"Our Chief of army staff Mr. Bobby Marwein he is fine, secure, healthy and unharmed," HNLC Spokesman Sainkupar Nongtraw said. "There is no such thing anywhere where HNLC chief is involved in a brawl leading to his death. This is nothing but cheap propaganda," Nongtraw said, while accusing the Indian government of "spreading unfounded propaganda" against the HNLC.

Refuting the report of The Telegraph, the HNLC said, "such motivated report will not serve any purpose to weaken or demoralise the HNLC forces.

Meghalaya orders probe into ANVC's 'secret' killings:The Meghalaya government yesterday announced a high-level probe into the "secret killings" of tribal Garo people by A'chik National Volunteers Council (ANVC) rebels in the State.

ANVC, considered the most powerful militant group in Garo Hills, but currently in a tripartite ceasefire agreement with the Central and State governments, has been accused by its rival group, the Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) of indulging in secret killings.

"Since the allegations are serious, we have constituted an inquiry committee to probe into these allegations of secret killings by ANVC in the Garo Hills," Chief Secretary WMS Pariat told journalists here.

Peter W. Ingty, the divisional commissioner, has been appointed to probe into killing. "We have given him a month's time to submit his findings to the state government," Pariat said.

A GNLA leader alleged many innocent Garo youths were silently killed by ANVC and their bodies were buried in unmarked graves at ANVC's designated camp at Samanda and behind their liaison office at Tura.

In fact, the GNLA has threatened a four-day shutdown beginning Sep 9, if the government fails to investigate the ANVC's secret killings.

Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma on Thursday had asked the Union Home Ministry to confirm the alleged killing of Marwein in Bangladesh.

The HNLC is a secessionist group fighting for a sovereign Khasi homeland in eastern part of Meghalaya.

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