Centre ready for talks if Northeast militants give up violence, says Rajnath Singh

Shillong: Home minister Rajnath Singh said the Centre was ready for talks with insurgent groups in the Northeast if they shun violence.

File image. Reuters

File image. Reuters

"We are ready for talks with anyone who gives up violence. I appeal to everyone to shun violence," he told reporters in the Meghalaya capital on Monday.

The Home Minister was replying to a question on whether the central government was ready for peace negotiations with militants groups in the Northeast.

There are two militant groups in Meghalaya — HNLC and ANVC, active in Khasi hills and Garo hills regions respectively.

The central government is in talks with a number of insurgent groups, including NSCN-IM, ULFA (pro-talks) and others.

However, several outfits are against any kind of negotiations and continue to indulge in violence, including NSCN-K, PLA in Manipur, Paresh Baruah-led faction of ULFA etc.

PTI


Updated Date: Mar 21, 2016 17:46 PM

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