Shillong, July 22: Meghalaya police yesterday arrested Paua Hatjaw from Akongre in Tura in the West Garo Hills for allegedly making contact with arms suppliers for the outlawed Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA).
A team of personnel belonging to East Khasi Hills Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) yesterday picked him up.
According to the police, Hatjaw, a Mizo, contacted arms suppliers in Shillong for the GNLA.
He was brought to the city today and remanded in 10 days’ police custody.
The arrest came two days after two men sent by a GNLA leader to purchase weapons from the city were apprehended.
Adbil Marak of Danakkongbe and Maybin Marak of Jengal, both in West Garo Hills district, were sent by Mikjim Sangma, the GNLA “southern commander” to purchase weapons from here.
During the duo’s arrest the police recovered Rs 4 lakh.
Both have been remanded in 10 days’ police custody and more arrests are likely in the next few days, the police said.
The detention of the duo was reminiscent of last year’s arrest of three GNLA cadres who were here to strike an arms deal for the outfit.
The trio were Jackuish A. Sangma, a top aide of GNLA’s self-styled commander-in-chief Sohan D. Shira, and two others — Bappun A. Sangma and Harding M. Marak.