Facilitating peace talks with HNLC has to be within parameters of Constitution of India

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Home Minister Lahkmen Rymbui on Tuesday said facilitating peace talks with the banned organization like the Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) has to be within the parameters of the Constitution of India.

Speaking to media persons, Rymbui said, “We are working on it and as a government it is not easy for us to do anything as we have to abide by the Constitution of India.”

This came after the HNLC had maintained it is not ready to shun violence till the government appoints an interlocutor to facilitate peace talks.

Asked, the home minister said, “I don’t want to say much as I said that I hope that something may happen in due course of time.”

“Everybody wants peace. I appreciate the statement of the HNLC that they want to talk but the thing is that whatever talks it has to be within the parameters of the Constitution of India. I hope in due course of time, there will be a meeting point then we will see,” he said.

“Whatever we do we have to do within the parameters of the existing law and the law is that now to appoint any interlocutor, as we know HNLC is still a banned organization – so every step we move we have to inform the central government so that once we start anything, if at all we start then there is no turning back, we have to reach our goal,” he stated.

The home minister also assured that everything will be looked into by the government in the best interest of the state and within the Constitution of the country.

Asked if the state government would raise the issue during the visit of the Union Home Minister Amit Shah on July 24, Rymbui said, “…we are working on it but it is not the easy… (will be) raising the issue when there is a meeting point but as of now, all I can say that I hope at some point of time we will have a meeting point then only things could start…”

On the HNLC’s claim that the arrested persons in connection with the IED blast at the police reserve in East Jaintia Hills district are not its overground workers, the home minister however said that proper investigation has been done by the police. He said all those who are involved in the incident have been arrested adding if according to investigation more are involved, then they will be arrested.