State police warn businessmen

‘Stop paying to GNLA or face action’

By Our Reporter

 SHILLONG: The State police have warned those businessmen who are extending financial or logistic support to the proscribed rebel outfit GNLA.

A senior police official on condition of anonymity on Wednesday said anyone extending financial support to the banned outfit is liable to be booked under various sections of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 (UAPA).

“It does not matter whether they are extending financial support under pressure or out of their own will they are liable to be booked under UAPA,” the police official said.

Stating that any one who receives demand note from the outfit can inform police, the police official said, “I assure that their identity would be kept secret. We will provide them security cover.”

Replying to a query, he said police have information about several businessmen “who are paying to the outfit.” “In fact, we are investigating the matter,” the police official added.

The State government recently had the GNLA to lay down arms and stop terror activities or face heavier operations in the jungles of Garo Hills. “The government will not be cowed down with the attitude of the group,” Home Minister HDR Lyngdoh said.

“Surrender weapons immediately and adopt a non-violent democratic means to express your grievances for immediate attention of the government,” he said.

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