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SHILLONG, June 15 - Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma today said that the Government is not interested to sit for talks with Khasi Students� Union (KSU) until the students� body abjures violence.

�Why should I talk to somebody who is indulging in criminal activities� it will only embolden others to indulge in criminal activities,� Sangma said after a Cabinet meeting here today.

Stating that KSU should not hobnob with Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC), which is a banned militant outfit, Sangma said such nexus would attract provisions of law.

Adding to this caution, Sangma yesterday ordered investigating agencies to probe into possible nexus between KSU and HNLC.

�Since there is a claim, police are on the job to go deeper into this and find out if there is anything (nexus),� Sangma had said.

The HNLC said that some KSU members had approached the outfit for �logistic support� and therefore the outfit said it was ready to supply the students� organisation Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).

The Government and KSU are at loggerheads once again after several cases of arson were reported in the State for some time now following the KSU�s opposition to railways.

Preliminary work of the Indian Railways, which was on in Byrnihat, has stopped due to the student organisation�s opposition.

KSU members have been arrested for their alleged involvement in cases of violence and are in judicial custody now. HNLC has demanded that the government must invite KSU for talks and release the arrested members.

�We will have talks and discussion as and when required. But let them stop all the criminal and unlawful activities and demonstrate maturity and responsibility....,� the CM said when asked.

Stating that the incidents of arson were a matter of concern, Sangma said the Government also wants that people of the State should abide by the law. �Law is for the good of the people and the State,� he added.

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No talks with KSU, its nexus with HNLC to be probed

SHILLONG, June 15 - Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma today said that the Government is not interested to sit for talks with Khasi Students� Union (KSU) until the students� body abjures violence.

�Why should I talk to somebody who is indulging in criminal activities� it will only embolden others to indulge in criminal activities,� Sangma said after a Cabinet meeting here today.

Stating that KSU should not hobnob with Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC), which is a banned militant outfit, Sangma said such nexus would attract provisions of law.

Adding to this caution, Sangma yesterday ordered investigating agencies to probe into possible nexus between KSU and HNLC.

�Since there is a claim, police are on the job to go deeper into this and find out if there is anything (nexus),� Sangma had said.

The HNLC said that some KSU members had approached the outfit for �logistic support� and therefore the outfit said it was ready to supply the students� organisation Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).

The Government and KSU are at loggerheads once again after several cases of arson were reported in the State for some time now following the KSU�s opposition to railways.

Preliminary work of the Indian Railways, which was on in Byrnihat, has stopped due to the student organisation�s opposition.

KSU members have been arrested for their alleged involvement in cases of violence and are in judicial custody now. HNLC has demanded that the government must invite KSU for talks and release the arrested members.

�We will have talks and discussion as and when required. But let them stop all the criminal and unlawful activities and demonstrate maturity and responsibility....,� the CM said when asked.

Stating that the incidents of arson were a matter of concern, Sangma said the Government also wants that people of the State should abide by the law. �Law is for the good of the people and the State,� he added.

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