Goalpara/Tura, Aug. 9: Villagers of Therengthok, 35km from Goalpara town on the Assam-Meghalaya border, today lynched two members of the A’Chik National Volunteers’ Council (B).
According to police, a group of four ANVC (B) members entered Therengthok around 8.30am today and started threatening the villagers.
“At first the villagers were afraid of them. But when they continued to threaten, the villagers retaliated. Two members of the group — Nabang Sangma, 35, and Wachi Sangma, 30 — died on the spot while the other two — Rupap Marak and Ismat Marak — fled,” Goalpara superintendent of police Shyamal Prasad Saikia said. The bodies were brought to Goalpara for post mortem.
The ANVC, which came into existence in 1995, signed a ceasefire with the Union and state governments in July 2004.
Since then the group has been holding talks with the government over its initial demand for a separate Garoland.
However, the ANVC now wants to strengthen the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC).
In early 2012, the group split into two. Its military commander Mukosh Marak and spokesperson Rimpu Marak alias Torik Jangning formed the ANVC (Breakaway) faction.
The ANVC (B), together with the ANVC, signed an agreement with the state government in December.
Despite the agreement, there have been allegations of extortion and other crimes committed by cadres of the breakaway group in the rural areas of Garo hills.
Two suspected ANVC (B) cadres were lynched by villagers in June when they tried to extort Rs 50,000 from a church pastor in Gitapara village, 6km from Bajengdoba town.