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NGOs silent on rebel attack

Shillong, Dec. 3: Police and the administration are shocked over the stoic silence of the Motherís Union and several other NGOs from Garo hills over the injury caused by GNLA militants to four-year-old Kadimea Momin on Thursday night, when the militants targeted her father, a police constable.

Momin sustained a bullet injury after she ran to her father, J.N. Marak, who was already hit by a bullet. Father and daughter are undergoing treatment at Tura Civil Hospital and are out of danger.

A government official in Tura said except some posters by the United Christian Peace Forum appealing to the GNLA to release the BDO and to maintain peace, there was no condemnation against the attack on the child.

A senior police official posted in Garo hills said it appeared that the issue of human rights violations are raised only when a militant is killed in an encounter with the police and not when the militants create terror and attack innocent civilians.

According to the police official, the GNLA intended tokidnap the constable, who came from Shillong to meet his family at Rimrangpara village under Dalu in West Garo Hills.

The police official added that the motive of the militants was to torture and kill the constable after kidnapping him.

However, the constable foiled the attempt, as he did not come out of the house when a villager accompanied by the GNLA rebels came to his residence and asked him to come out.

The concrete structure of the house also prevented any casualty.

The self-styled commander-in-chief of GNLA Sohan D Shira and area commander Baichung Momin were present during the attack against the constable and his family, the police said.

According to the police, some villagers had passed on the information to the GNLA about the presence of the constable.

ďWe are concerned over the lack of condemnation of the merciless acts of GNLA by the human rights organisations and other NGOs and the support of some villagers to the illegal activities of the militant outfit, a police official said.