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GNLA camp busted, 1 killed

Tura, July 11: Meghalaya police today busted a Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) camp at a remote village in the East Garo Hills and gunned downed a member of the outfit.

In the operation led by Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) and CRPF’s CoBRA unit, commandos stormed the GNLA camp at Adugre village, 20km south of Williamnagar which is 78km from Tura.

The camp has been dismantled.

At least 15 rebels, including GNLA commander-in-chief Sohan Shira, were present at the camp.

East Garo Hills superintendent of police Davies Marak said, “We had specific information on the presence of the militants, including Sohan D. Shira and launched the operation this morning.”

The slain cadre is yet to be identified.

A cache of arms and ammunition, which included IEDs, rocket and grenades were recovered.

Marak said details would be provided later, as the team is yet to reach Williamnagar.

On June 23, a GNLA camp was busted at Mikilsimgre village, which is nearly 3km from today’s operation site.

The police had gunned down a militant and arrested two persons, including a woman, who was said to be the girlfriend of a GNLA area commander, Ajan Momin alias Jimmy.

In the operation, a huge cache of arms and ammunition were seized.

On July 3, nine A’chik Songna An’pachakgipa Kotok (ASAK) rebels were arrested from Rongjeng and Williamnagar in the East Garo Hills.

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