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Militant surrenders

Shillong, March 4: A cadre of Achik National Liberation Central Army (ANLCA), a nascent militant outfit, surrendered before East Khasi Hills superintendent of police Mariahom Kharkrang here today while another cadre was nabbed.

Charles D. Shira, 25, of Dalbot-A Shahlang in West Khasi Hills district deposited an AK-56 rifle, a magazine of AK-56, one round of 7.62 bullets, eight rounds of .303 bullets, a .32 pistol magazine and some 7.65mm bullets.

Kharkrang told reporters that Shira had deserted the outfit’s camp inside a forest in the Dagal area of North Garo Hills a week back along with arms and ammunition before surrendering to police.

Shira joined the outfit in January this year through one Sengpan who was one of the leaders of the new outfit and was arrested in the Garo hills.

“He realised that joining the outfit was a wrong step and decided to surrender,” Kharkrang said, adding that the surrendered cadre would be rehabilitated by the government.

Kharkrang said an ANLCA cadre, Rex Briller R. Marak, 29, was arrested last evening by SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) personnel of Meghalaya police from a tea stall at Khyndai Lad (Police Bazar) here.

Stating that Marak was a top cadre of ANLCA, which is active in the Garo hills and West Khasi Hills, Kharkrang said the militant is suspected to be using Shillong for operational planning and commanding of his cadres in the Garo hills and the West Khasi Hills area.

They terrorised people through extortions, abductions and other criminal activities including murder, he added.

A case has been registered against Marak at Sadar police station here and investigation is on to ascertain his role in arms supply.