Tura, Sept. 1: Meghalaya police today arrested Hamid Marak, 18, a resident of Khoripara near Bajengdoba in the North Garo Hills on charges of being involved in the firing at Gokul market, near Bajengdoba, 75 km from Tura.
A group of rebels had opened fire in the market last month to extort money from the traders. Marak was arrested from his residence at 5 this morning. The police said he has confessed to being involved in the firing.
Marak said in his statement that the Liberation A’chik Elite Force had promised him money for the job. He is the student of a school at Rari village.
“He needed Rs 900 to fill in his registration form for his exams and willingly became a part of the rebels’ team as they promised to pay him Rs 10,000,” said a police official.
He said the group had seven AK-series rifles with them and was headed by one Sodon, also known as Job, a resident of Medu Apal, near Bajengdoba.
Marak has also identified another rebel in connection with the firing.
“He was seen by the people from the market and identified later. We have found incriminating photographs of him and the rebels from his phone. He has confessed to firing in the air during the incident. We have arrested two others from the same group and the rest of them are on the run,” said Jerry Marak, the superintendent of police, North Garo Hills.