Six militants killed in separate encounters in Garo Hills of Meghalaya
SHILLONG: More than six militants were killed in
separate incidents in Meghalaya’s Garo Hills region. “One militant was shot
dead in an encounter early Sunday at Rambogre Songgital in East Garo Hills
district, another militant was lynched by angry villagers on Saturday in
Chokpot area in neighbouring district while distributing demand letters,”
Inspector General of Police GHP Raju said.
He said four GNLA militants were shot dead by their
rival group last evening by United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA) cadres and
the A’chik Matgrik Elite Force (AMEF) groups in Bolomram forests in East Garo
The GNLA cadre shot dead has been identified as Rikman
from Sasatgre and police have recovered a pistol and some incriminating
documents. While police have launched a search operation to nab his aides, Raju
said those who escaped could have also been injured due to bullet wounds.
Meanwhile, police said they have also identified
perpetrators involved in brutally caning innocent villagers in a remote Pakrege
village in East Garo Hills district on mere suspicion that men there were
“We have identified one of the militants. Bawang led
the caning of the villagers and he hails from the village itself,” the senior
police officer said.
“Bawang himself escaped police operations on September
10 when his deputy Bestarfield K Marak was shot dead in the encounter that
followed,” he said. Police suspected that the militants had resorted to caning
innocent villagers to ensure that they have a safe place to hide from the
police who are engaged in the combing operations.
“Counter Insurgency Operation 'Hill Storm' launched in
the first week of July is giving results with at least 11 12 camps of the GNLA
were busted,” the IGP said. The GNLA was considered a militant outfit and
banned by the Centre in 2012.