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The Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) expressed hope that the ongoing peace process will bring political changes to empower the Hynniewtrep people in Meghalaya.

“We are hopeful that the Indo-Hynńiewtrep peace process shall bring about political changes and benefits to empower our jaidbynriew Hynniewtrep,” general secretary of the outfit, Sainkupar Nongtraw said in a statement issued in Shillong on August 12.

Stating that HNLC’s struggle is a political one, Nongtraw said: “We need to bring about a political solution in order to ease away the difficulties faced by our people from time to time.”

The HNLC also pays strong tribute to the life and legacy of its former general secretary Cheristerfield Thangkhiew on his first death anniversary.

“Today marks the first anniversary of the martyrdom of Bah Cheristerfield Thangkhiew former general secretary of HNLC. Security forces martyred him on this day 2021 but could never extinguish the flame of the love of Jaidbynriew that he ignited in the hearts of the Hynniewtrep people,” the outfit said.

“Bah Che is also one of the martyrs of the Hynniewtrep. We salute him. The HNLC pays strong tribute to the life and legacy of Bah Che for his selfless contribution and sacrifice… Long Live Bah Che..Long Live HNLC,” it said.

The outfit said that whoever is ready to die defending his land from illegal occupation and oppression is a martyr.

On the eve of its 35th raising day, the HNLC also extended its thankfulness to all its members, cadres including its military and political wing and the leaders who are entrusted with the job to pursue the Indo-Hynniewtrep peace talks.

The outfit was formed on August 14, 1987.

“The HNLC would like to offer thanks to the family and relatives of our members. Especially to the families who have lost their sons in this struggle. The cadres who have lost their lives in this struggle are not dead but they have attained Martyrdom,” the statement also said.

The outfit is also assured to continue rendering its services and work for safeguarding the interests of the jaidbynriew (indigenous community).

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