The Meghalaya government has sought a status reports on reports that surrendered rebels were engaged in a syndicate controlling various business in Meghalaya illegally, Chief Minister Mukul Sangma today said in Shillong.

Following media reports of surrendered cadres of the banned Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) being engaged in activities detrimental to peace and economic development, the government has sought for a status report on the overall aspects of the issue which will be gathered from diverse sources, he said.

“The government is committed to ensure that lawlessness does not prevail and will not allow anyone to indulge in activities that will go against the interest of the people of the State,” the CM said.

“That is why we have sought a status report based upon which further necessary action will be taken,” he said.

Reports say former militants have been dictating business operations in the State, ranging from contract works, holding of city parking lots to coal supplies.

Meanwhile, the East Khasi Hills district police arrested nine persons from near a petrol pump in Pynursla yesterday and recovered Rs 2.65 lakh, 16 cattle heads, a truck, five light vehicles and nine mobile phones from their possession.

East Khasi Hills SP AR Mawthoh said the arrested have been booked for extortion and illegal collection. He, however, refused to divulge the identity of those arrested.