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GNLA cadre held in Tura

Shillong, Dec. 2: Meghalaya police last night arrested June P. Sangma, 20, who had allegedly lobbed a grenade into the private residence of a cabinet minister near Tura in the West Garo Hills yesterday.

June, the right-hand man of Hadeo Ch. Momin, area commander of the Garo National Liberation Army, in Kherapara-Dalu, West Garo Hills, was arrested from the Tura supermarket.

According to the police, June, a resident of Chengapara village under Purakhasia in the West Garo Hills, had confessed to hurling a country-made grenade at the private residence of Saleng A. Sangma, community and rural development minister, around 7pm yesterday.

Saleng’s house is at Ringregittim in Tura town.

However, at the time of the attack, the minister was not present in the house, as he was in Shillong. Only some of the relatives, including his younger brother, were present.

In another incident, four militants from the breakaway faction of Achik National Volunteer Council were apprehended from Rongram in the West Garo Hills.

The police said the cadres have been identified as Balsrang M. Sangma, Beto S. Sangma, Bandu D. Sangma, all residents of Dobasipara, and Togarik R. Marak, resident of Selsella.