The Meghalaya Police has booked the Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) for creating fear in the State after the banned outfit issued a statement threatening a Hindu-Bengalis even as the State is limping back to normalcy from days of violence, Outlook India reported.
According to media reports, On March 1, 2020, S Nongtraw, the General Secretary of the banned outfit organisation had released a statement which carried an ultimatum to Hindu Bengali community to leave Ichamati and Majaw areas within one month.
Even after the militants threatened “mass bloodshed”, the police released a request to the media to not give space to the statement which promotes “enmity between different groups on ground of religion and community, thereby causing fear and insecurity.”
“We have registered a case based on the statement of the HNLC on March 1. The statement has created fear psychosis. We are investigating and will proceed as per law,” said GK Langrai, Assistant Inspector General of Police. The Crime Investigation Department is probing the case.
The statement has created a sense of fear among a section of the Bengali speaking Hindu community in Shillong. Meghalaya is a Christian dominated State. About 75 % of the population follows Christianity.
Meghalaya is protected under the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution and hence, falls out of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). However, the NGOs in the State want more protection and have been demanding inner line permit regime which would regulate the entry of outsiders.