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New rebel outfit in Garo hills

Tura, March 3: The rift within the breakaway faction of A’chik National Volunteers Council (ANVC-B) has come to light with the formation of yet another group, Matchadu Matchabet, a popular phrase used in Garo hills, meaning an animal which looks a bit like a tiger and a bit like a man.

The ANVC-B signed an “agreed text of settlement” on January 5 last year with the Meghalaya government.

Commander-in-chief of the new outfit, Mat Memang, in a telephone conversation with this correspondent, claimed that the new outfit was formed recently with most of the cadres from the ANVC (B). He said, “We joined the outfit for a cause. However, our chairman Rimpu Marak signed the peace pact with the government. We oppose the agreement. We will stay on and fight to fulfil our dream for the Garo people.”

Memang lambasted members of the parent outfit for the peace talks saying they had left the cadres “high and dry”, while they were enjoying themselves.

The outfit termed the January 11 killing of four ANVC (B) cadres at Darengagal near Tura as “fake”. He also asked why civil society has remained silent on the incident.

The Garo hills region has seen the formation of three new groups recently — A’chik Songna An’pachakgipa Kotok (ASAK) led by former GNLA top brass Reding T. Sangma, A’chik Tiger Force (ATF) and Matchadu Matchabet.

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