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GNLA rebels evade cops

Tura, Dec. 10: Suspected GNLA militants, who allegedly crossed over from neighbouring Bangladesh with RDX, managed to give Meghalaya police the slip in a late night encounter in the South Garo Hills.

Yesterday, a police team was sent to Gasuapara near the international border to carry out counter-insurgency operations.

The area is around 70km from here while it is nearly 395km from Shillong.

“We received intelligence inputs that a group of GNLA militants was coming over from Bangladesh with a consignment of explosives. Acting on the inputs, we sent a team to the area. Around 10pm, as the operations were on, an encounter broke out between the police and the militants,” South Garo Hills superintendent of police Davis N. Marak told The Telegraph over phone today.

According to Marak, there were around seven to eight GNLA militants who had crossed over.

While no casualty was reported from the police side, it was unsure whether any of the militants were injured or killed.

“Taking advantage of the darkness, the militants fled from the site,” he said.

At the same time, he said, the combing operations continued till this evening. However, the police could not locate the consignment or any of the militants, Marak added.

He also said according to intelligence inputs, the consignment, which was supposedly brought from across the border, contained RDX of high intensity.

However, it was unclear whether the militants had retreated to Bangladesh or had managed to sneak into the Garo hills region.

The general headquarters of the Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) was busted this afternoon in Meghalaya’s East Garo Hills district.

East Garo Hills superintendent of police J.F.K. Marak told over phone that a combined team of the police and Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) personnel from East Garo Hills and South Garo Hills busted the GNLA camp in Durama Hills near Adugre village located in the East Garo Hills.

The incident occurred around 1.30pm. Till the filing of this report, details of the operation were awaited.

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