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Four rebels killed in hills

A security official searches the ANVC (B) hideout at Darengagal on the outskirts of Tura on Sunday. Picture by UB Photos

Shillong, Jan. 12: The breakaway faction of the A’chik National Volunteers’ Council today denied its involvement in yesterday’s crude bomb attack in the West Garo Hills district.

In a separate incident, four cadres of the ANVC (B) were shot dead in an encounter last night.

Yesterday, two vehicles were damaged after a low-intensity blast near a petrol pump at Hawakhana in Tura around 5.50pm about 330km from here. However, no one was injured. Police suspect the outfit’s involvement in the blast.

Later, the police shot dead four suspected ANVC (B) cadres in an encounter that took place at a hideout at Darengagal on the outskirts of Tura last night.

This morning, the outfit’s publicity secretary Doang D. Shira denied its involvement in the crude bomb attack and termed the killing of their four cadres a “fake encounter”.

“We deny our involvement in the blast. We suspect the police and the ANVC’s involvement in the incident. This was a desperate act of Tura police to create a situation where they can hunt and kill us,” Shira said in a statement.

He also alleged that the four cadres, who are yet to be identified, were killed in a “fake encounter”.

“The cadres were tied to a tree and killed in cold blood by the police. One of our cadres escaped with bullet injuries. There were no arms, explosives and ammunition in the camp. If the police claim that they found anything, then they (police) had planted it all,” Shira added.

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