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Liquor shop manager shot at

Shillong, April 2: Militant groups operating under various names have allegedly served demand notes to several liquor shops in Williamnagar under Meghalaya’s East Garo Hills district, and those who refuse to comply are being targeted.

Today, suspected militants injured a liquor shop manager in Williamnagar by shooting in his leg, a day after a grenade was lobbed near the Meghalaya Transport Corporation bus station in the same area.

Around 1.15pm, two suspected militants entered a liquor shop at Williamnagar and shot Sunil A. Sangma in his leg with a .32 bore pistol before fleeing the place. Williamnagar is the district headquarters of East Garo Hills and is more than 300km from here. Initially, Sangma was taken to a hospital at Williamnagar but later referred to Tura civil hospital in the West Garo Hills.

East Garo Hills superintendent of police Davis Marak said after investigations, the needle of suspicion points towards the breakaway faction of the ANVC. He also said the faction uses the names of its splinter groups like UALA, Matchadu Matchabet, ATF and others for extortion.

Marak said the militants had served a demand note of around Rs 15 lakh to the liquor shop owner at Willia-mnagar. Not only that, he said nearly all the liquor shops have been served with demand notes by the militants. He said the place where the grenade was lobbed yesterday was in front of a liquor shop near the bus station. However, the grenade did not explode.

HNLC cadre held

The special task force (STF) of Calcutta police have tracked down a member of the proscribed Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) who had fled from a hospital here last year.

Phyrnailang Swer along with Nand Kishore Thakur were picked up by STF personnel yesterday from a hideout at Chittaranjan Avenue in Calcutta.

East Khasi Hills superintendent of police M. Kharkrang said Swer, a hardcore criminal and a member of the HNLC, had escaped from the North East Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health & Medical Sciences on July 17, 2013. “The police had been on the lookout for him, and with the help of state and central intelligence agencies, he was found in Calcutta,” Kharkrang said.

He said Swer was first arrested on August 13, 2004, along with eight others when they formed a new criminal gang, which was styled as the Retrieval of Indigenous United Forum.

Swer was put under the Meghalaya Preventive Detention Act and after his release, he started working closely with the HNLC, Kharkrang said.

A team from Shillong has been sent to Calcutta to bring both Swer and Thakur for further investigations.