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Rebel escapes from cop custody

Tura, April 17: A Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) cadre today escaped from Tura civil hospital in the presence of Meghalaya police.

The cadre was undergoing treatment at the hospital.

He, along with another cadre, was handed over to the police at Ampati by a mob yesterday from Salmanpara, a village in South West Garo Hills, about 75km from here.

The duo, identified as Ringrang A. Sangma and Brijio M. Marak, were beaten up at Salmanpara village by the mob, while on an extortion drive.

Both were injured and were undergoing treatment at Ampati community health centre.

The doctors today referred the duo to Tura civil hospital for further treatment.

The GNLA cadre, Brijio M. Marak, who had broken his right hand, escaped from the doctor’s chamber in the hospital in the presence of two Meghalaya policemen.

Superintendent of police, South West Garo Hills, R. Muthu said, “The GNLA cadre had gone to the village to extort money. The villagers were apprehensive of their intention and beat them up. Later, they called the police and handed them over.”

Two mobile handsets, extortion notes and photos of GNLA cadres were found on them. “The police are investigating the matter,” said Muthu.