The banned Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) has issued a death threat to National People’s Party (NPP) legislator from Sohra constituency Gavin Miguel Mylliem holding him responsible for the government’s decision to permanently close down the Mawmluh Cherra Cement Ltd (MCCL).
In a statement issued today, HNLC general secretary Sainkupar Nongtraw said, “If the government proceeds with the shutdown of MCCL, it would be appropriate for MLA of Sohra, Gavin to assume responsibility. In fact, he should resign from his position as MLA. If he refuses to step down, the HNLC will hold him accountable. Just as you and your government dare to bury MCCL alive, we will hold you accountable by our own actions. Traitors of the people should be punished with death.”
Reacting to the news that the state government will wind up the perennially loss-making MCCL, the militant group has offered to hire sacked staff and provide them with basic military training.
The state-owned MCCL has bled the state exchequer dry in terms of funds as it has struggled to turn a profit. After failing to find a suitable private partner to take on the running of the company, the state government has decided to wind it up and offer the staff financial packages.
Today the HNLC condemned the “ill motive” of the government, which it claims is to leave the people of Sohra, where MCCL is based, unemployed and “subject them to the agenda of vested interests.” Instead of improving the company, the state government intends on promoting the development of cement factories owned by non-tribals, it alleged.
The HNLC then predicted that the youth of the state will rise up in revolt due to lack of income and an intense competition for land and jobs between indigenous and non-indigenous peoples.
It also laid out its recruitment pitch. “If they (MCCL staff) are willing to join our cause, we will provide them with a monthly salary of Rs 25,000. Eligible individuals should be below 45 years of age and undergo basic military training. If they demonstrate commitment to our cause and ideology, we will consider offering them an attractive salary.”