Meghalaya Minister hails Mizoram MP’s “kill them all” remarks; says time is right, we have to act
Meghalaya Labour Minister and BJP leader, Sanbor Shullai, on Friday, hailed the controversial “Kill them all” remark made by Mizoram's Rajya Sabha MP K Vanlalvena following the recent Assam-Mizoram border clash.
Mizoram's Rajya Sabha MP K Vanlalvena, in an interview recently, had said, "More than 200 policemen entered out territory and they pushed back our policemen from our own posts and they gave firing orders first before we fired. They are lucky that we didn't kill them all. If they come again, we shall kill them all."
Lauding the Mizoram MP, the new Labour Minister told media persons that the same spirit should be there with the people of Meghalaya also.
“If these people of Assam keep on harassing our people in the border areas, the time is right – not only to talk and take tea - it ends there – we have to act at the spot,” the new Labour minister told media persons.
Shullai, who was recently inducted into the Conrad Sangma-led cabinet, also praised the Mizo’s and said, “You have seen the guts of the people of Mizoram because they love their identity. It really proved – public and police – together they protect their people.”
When asked whether this would amount to adopting violence, Shullai said, “We have to protect. If an enemy comes to your house and attacks your wife and children, you also have to attack (in) self-defence. The same thing, it should be done in our borders also.”
When informed that the same is not legal, he replied, “if it is legal or not legal, if an enemy comes to your house to steal or rob your house, you have to protect yourself.”
Contradicting his earlier statements, the minister asserted that he is not supporting violence. “I am not saying – it is an example (that) you should have the spirit to protect your people. We have to utilise our police force.”
Based on his observation, during border clashes, police are always seen behind and civilians are in the front. “The police should go in the front to talk with the Assam police. Police should be in the front to protect our people,” he added.
Commenting on the recent border clash with Assam at Iongkhuli village, Shullai said no party or government has been able to solve the vexed boundary disputes to date.
“We have to do a post mortem and see what is the problem. Along with the MDA government, we have to work together to protect our people... Yes, to bring it to the negotiation (table) in the form of meetings is necessary,” he said.
(Edited by Ibankyntiew Mawrie)
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