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Militant organization asks for ‘income tax’ from ministers and MLAs, threatens to send message on mobile

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Meghalaya Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tysong has informed on Saturday that extortion has been sought from several ministers and MLAs of the state. The Deputy Chief Minister of Meghalaya has said that many ministers and MLAs have been sent extortion notices by the banned organization. Prohibited organizations have named this extortion as income tax. Police has started investigation in this matter. It is being told that many politicians have received messages on their mobiles, through which extortion has been sought. A senior official has informed that the militant organization had demanded Rs 10 lakh from the leaders.

Earlier, violence erupted in Meghalaya, the quietest state in the Northeast, over the alleged killing of a former extremist leader, Cheristerfield Thangkhiv. There was a lot of violence in the Mawlai and Jayaev areas of Shillong. Cheristerfield Thangkhiv, former Secretary General of the Hynitrap National Liberation Council (HNLC), surrendered to Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tsong in 2018. On August 13, police raided his house, after which he died in a shootout. It was alleged that Cheristerfield Thangkhiv was killed by police bullets when he tried to attack the police. It was alleged that he attacked the police with a knife.

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Violence after the death of Cheristerfield Thangkhiv was so intense that even the residence of Chief Minister Conrad Sangma was hurled at the place. Taking responsibility for the deteriorating situation in the state, the Home Minister had resigned from his post and demanded a judicial inquiry into the encounter and the matter is still under investigation.

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