Shillong, Aug. 11: The breakaway faction of the A’chik National Volunteers’ Council (ANVC) termed lynching of its two cadres a “political conspiracy” and appealed to Dispur to initiate investigations into the incident.
On Friday, a group of four ANVC (B) members entered Therengthok village around 8.30am and started demanding money by threatening the villagers. Two members of the group, Nabang Sangma, 35 and Wachi Sangma, 30, were lynched by an irate mob while the other two, Rupap Marak and Ismat Marak, fled.
The village is 35km from Goalpara town on the Assam-Meghalaya border.
“The killings of ANVC (B) cadres and highlighting the fabricated news do not weaken us. Our cadres are not extortionists. Cold-blooded murder of our cadres in Assam was a political conspiracy which was instigated by the United A’chik Liberation Army (UALA) and executed by the Garo National Union (GNU) with the blessings of Maoists. People of Assam forgot that the slain cadres were one of those who stood by them in the Rabha-Garo conflict,” ANVC (B) “publicity secretary” Doang D. Shira said.
Shira said the cadres were there not to demand money but to collect information on Maoist intrusion into the Garo-inhabited areas.
“We know of Maoist activities in Assam and their links with certain Garo groups. The GNU is closely associated with UALA which has some understanding with the Maoists.”
Shira said on Friday, the ANVC (B) cadres went to one Crieston Momin of Baghmara (Upper Chutipara), who, said, is an arms supplier, a UALA adviser and a Maoist contact in Assam.
The cadres asked him to refrain from helping “outsiders” to set up base in the Garo areas and stop influencing Garo organisations. The cadres, he said, also reminded Momin to return the money which he had borrowed a year ago as he was supplying arms to UALA leader Jagring.
Momin took it as a threat and raised a false alarm that the cadres were supporters of the Rabha Hasong Autonomous Council and led civilians among whom were individuals who planned the killings, Shira added. “UALA is finding it difficult to expand its network in the presence of ANVC (B) cadres who are influencing UALA members to desert and come back to the ANVC (B) fold. Many cadres have deserted UALA and come back to ANVC (B). From them we have information on UALA deals, lists of their patrons and contacts with other organisations,” Shira stated.