SHILLONG: The proscribed Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) has accused the state government and the border security force (BSF) for allowing the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) – a foreign intelligence agency of India, to operate in Bangladesh.
Issuing a statement on Sunday, general secretary-cum-publicity secretary of the outfit Sainkupar Nongtraw alleged that the Government of Meghalaya in collaboration with the BSF are using local indigenous Khasi people from the international border as well as people belonging to the Bengali Hindu community as “informers” to report the activities of the HNLC in the Bangladesh soil.
“We have received inputs from our reliable sources that the RAW is also involved in this activity. It is a well known fact that the RAW is responsible for spreading hatred amongst the locals and the HNLC not only in Bangladesh but in many countries. Their work is to infiltrate and spread the seeds of disunity and create enmity,” he said.
“Initially they will use these people as informers and then they will be used as agents of RAW to keep a check on the daily activities of the Bangladesh government,” Nongtraw added.
Stating that the indigenous Khasi people have been residing in Bangladesh for many decades, the HNLC leader said this so called tactics will bring in a lot of misunderstanding among the people resulting in inter ethnic clashes.
“The GOM and BSF are therefore being responsible to achieve their selfish gains, by giving way to the RAW to operate in the Bangladesh soil. This is a threat to the country as a whole.
Any wrong step could cause damage to both the sides of the border,” he warned.
Meanwhile, the HNLC has also warned action against a son-in-law of a Meghalaya police official for also acting as an informer.
“We are keeping information of his whereabouts and also at the same time we issue him a warning to refrain from his activities. If he does not abide then either we will take action or the Bangladesh govt would. Once they are arrested they will be treated as spy and RAW agents sanctioned by the GOM,” Nongtraw said.
Terming the issue as crucial, the leader of the outfit said the HNLC will not spare its traitors even though “they belong to our own community”.