Meghalaya rebel group says its leader is in Bangladesh

September 3rd, 2011 - 1:37 am ICT by IANS  

Shillong, Sep 3 (IANS) The outlawed Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) Friday said its military wing chief Bobby Reagan Marwein is still alive and media reports of his death in Bangladesh are baseless.

On Thursday, the Kolkata-based daily Telegraph said Marwein, the founding member of HNLC, a secessionist Khasi rebel group, was killed in a brawl in Bangladesh this week.

“Our Chief of army staff Mr. Bobby Marwein he is fine, secure, healthy and unharmed,” HNLC Spokesman Sainkupar Nongtraw said.

“There is no such thing anywhere where HNLC chief is involved in a brawl leading to his death. This is nothing but cheap propaganda,” Nongtraw said, while accusing the Indian government of “spreading unfounded propaganda” against the HNLC.

Refuting the report of Kolkata-based daily Telegraph, the HNLC said, “such motivated report will not serve any purpose to weaken or demoralise the HNLC forces.”

Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma Thursday had asked the union home ministry to confirm the alleged killing of Marwein in Bangladesh.

The HNLC is a secessionist group fighting for a sovereign Khasi homeland in eastern part of Meghalaya.

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