SHILLONG, June 30 � Contradictory statements have emanated on the alleged politician-militant nexus in Garo Hills, with the Home Minister Roshan Warjri today saying there is no need for such an inquiry until there are firm evidences.
The statement of the Home Minister is in sharp contrast to the stand of Chief Minister Mukul Sangma who has stated that an inquiry into the politician-militant nexus is already on. Sangma has affirmed on several occasions that such a nexus does exist and the Government has already begun a �high-level inquiry� into the allegations.
�The allegations about politician-militant nexus are vague. We need to have concrete grounds to begin such an inquiry. I believe it is not right to begin such an inquiry,� Warjri said.
Earlier, Meghalaya DGP Peter Hanaman also said that the police department has not been asked by the Government to conduct any inquiry into the alleged politician-militant nexus.
The confusion about the inquiry or the absence of it has begun after the Chief Minister was accused of being close to militant groups by Tura MP Purno A Sangma. The former Lok Sabha Speaker has even gone to the extent of accusing the Meghalaya Chief Minister of being the �chairman of all militant groups of Garo Hills.�
The Opposition and several other legislators have raised the matter in the State Assembly and demanded an independent probe. They also wrote to the Centre for a CBI probe to unearth the truth. After pressure was mounted, the Chief Minister has said that an investigation is already on and the truth would be in the open soon.
The Home Minister, however, said, that the Government is concerned abut the oft-repeated allegations about politician-militant nexus in Garo Hills. It has been repeatedly alleged that the militancy problem in Garo Hills has been thriving due to some politicians patronising these unlawful groups and also seeking their assistance to further their political aspirations from time to time.
�The Government is concerned about these allegations and there are discussions on about these allegations,� the Home Minister clarified.
Warjri said that CI operations would continue and any talks with these groups can only be held when they abjure violence.