| Arms and ammunition recovered from the camp. Picture by Saidul Khan |
Tura, Aug. 21: Meghalaya police led by Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) commandos today gunned down three militants in an early morning “hill storm” operation at Arbela range, near Chinabat in the East Garo Hills.
In an encounter which lasted for about 40 minutes, a civilian, Ronendro Marak, was shot on his left shoulder. “A stray bullet hit him, while he was at home. He has been given first aid and his condition is said to be stable,” said G.H.P. Raju, IGP (operation).
The camp, located on a hilltop deep inside the forest near Songma Enggok village, falls under Williamnagar police station.
The superintendent of police, East Garo Hills, Davies Marak, said, “Three militants were killed in the operation. Among them, two are suspected to be GNLA cadres and the third one an Ulfa.”
The GNLA cadres have been identified as Karamchan and Werang. The Ulfa cadre is yet to be identified.
The police recovered one SLR, two pistols, incriminating documents, SIM cards, mobiles, and other personal belongings from the spot.
Several other militants, who were also injured during the operation, escaped taking advantage of the hilly terrain.
On Tuesday, an Ulfa cadre, Babul Rabha alias Kancha, who is an IED expert, was arrested from the Chandmari area in Tura. He was involved in a series of blasts in Goalpara district of Assam. He was on a mission led by Ulfa top brass Dhristi Rajkhowa to unleash terror in Garo hills.
On August 20, two overground GNLA cadres were arrested between Rongram and Tebronggre in the West Garo Hills. They have been identified as Walsang T. Sangma, 26, and Amit Marak, 32, who is also the president of the Garo Students’ Union’s Chibinang unit. The police seized Rs 19,000 from them.
The Tura Government College Students’ Union (TGCSU) today launched its indefinite strike against J.M. Lyngdoh’s recommendation for election to its student body.
According to the recommendation, a student who seeks election to students’ body should have 75 per cent attendance and should be between 17 and 22 years. It also prohibits students from Classes XI and XII to take part in the elections.
“There are nearly 2,000 students in Classes XI and XII. They should not be deprived from contesting,” said Balkarin Ch. Marak, general secretary of TGCSU.
The students’ body felt that the J.M. Lyngdoh recommendation should be repealed. “The college body has allowed students of Classes XI and XII to take part in the elections since 1958 and it should not be changed,” said Dikki Marak, a member of the students’ union.