Shillong, March 9: Three militants allegedly belonging to the ANVC (B) were killed this morning after an encounter between a team of Meghalaya police and the rebels in East Garo Hills district.
According to East Garo Hills police, acting on information that some armed militants were taking shelter at Dobu Chitingbang village, a team led by sub-inspector N. Ray, in-charge of Dobu operational group centre, conducted a raid at the village in the wee hours.
Around 6.15am, the encounter took place between the police team and the militants. During the exchange of fire, three militants died on the spot while the others managed to escape in the melee, the police said.
The deceased are yet to be identified but from the documents and arms recovered from the encounter site, it was ascertained that they belonged to the ANVC (B) outfit, a breakaway group of the A’chik National Volunteers’ Council, the police added.
The items which were recovered from the encounter site included a 9mm pistol, one 7.65mm pistol, three empty cases of 7.65mm rounds, one empty case of 9mm round, seven rounds of live 9mm ammunition, two live rounds of unknown calibre pistol bullets, three live rounds of 7.65mm calibre bullets, five empty cases of 7.62mm AK rifle ammunition, two mobile handsets, five SIM cards and other incriminating documents of ANVC (B).