Central Govt banned ‘Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council’ (HNLC)


Central Govt banned ‘Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council’ (HNLC)

The central government has banned Meghalaya-based insurgent group known as ‘Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council', for its increased activities of violence and other insurgent acts. Central Govt has also notified that HNLC’s activities are detrimental to the sovereignty and integrity of India.

The Govt of India declared the ‘Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council' (HNLC), along with all its factions, wings and front organisations as unlawful association in exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (1) of section 3 of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), 1967. Earlier, the Meghalaya-based insurgent group known as ‘Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council' was declared a banned organisation on 16 November 2000 but the ban was later lifted.

Why this group has been banned?


Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) notified that‘Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council' HNLC has been openly declaring secession of certain regions that are largely inhabited by Khasi and Jaintia tribals in Meghalaya from Indian Union as its objective.

The Meghalaya based  group continues to bully and intimidate civilians to extort funds. It also maintains links with other insurgent groups of Northeast region to carry out the acts of extortion and intimidation.
 The ministry also listed violence perpetrated by Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council' (HNLC) in recent past that include 4 incidents involving killing of 1 civilian, during the period from 1 January 2015, to 31 July 2019, arrest of 16 of its cadres, recovery of 4 weapons, surrender of 14 of its cadres and kidnapping of 4 persons.

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