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Rebel arrest points to extortion

Shillong, Dec. 5: The arrest of an alleged cadre of the breakaway faction of the ANVC by BSF personnel yesterday gives teeth to the fact that with the onset of the coal-trading season, militant groups venture into the mining areas for extortion.

BSF personnel in South West Khasi Hills district, along with Meghalaya police, conducted a joint operation and apprehended Mithun M. Sangma, 27, from Borsora, over 180km from here.

Borsora is a major coal mining hub in the state. The black diamond from Borsora is usually transported to Bangladesh.

According to a BSF official, Mithun confessed that he was entrusted with the responsibility of collecting “extortion money” in the Borsora and Lailad areas.

The cadre had also undergone arms training for a month along with some other cadres somewhere in Balpakram forest in South Garo Hills in January this year, the BSF official added.

After four months in Garo hills, Mithun came to the Borsora area, and has since been operating in various coal mining areas of South West Khasi Hills, the official said.

Two BSF personnel were allegedly shot dead by suspected ANVC (B) cadres on November 8 at the Ketakona BSF observation post near Bagli area.

The area is close to South Garo Hills district, around 150km from here.

A BSF jawan, Sashit Biswa, had died on the spot while another jawan, Pappu Kumar Yadav, succumbed to his injuries while he was being airlifted to Guwahati in Assam.

Both belonged to the 73rd battalion of the BSF, Meghalaya frontier.


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