From Our Correspondent, TNT News | Tura, Feb 17, 2018:
The proscribed Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) is at its last leg. Or so it seems! This was revealed by one of its cadres, who surrendered to the Border Security Force (BSF) on Friday.
The care, identified as Bhim Bahadur Chetry alias Kancha, a resident of Damra in Goalpara district of Assam, close to the Meghalaya border, is a 8th batch cadre of the outfit and surrendered to the BSF Field G team of Shillong, 141 BSF team and the South Garo Hills (SGH) police. He had joined the outfit in the year 2017.
The surrendered cadre further revealed that the strength of the outfit now stood at about 18.
The surrender ceremony took place at about 11 am this morning at Nongalbibra area in the district. He deposited one country made shot gun and 26 rounds of live ammunition.
Police sources informed that intensive police operations against the outfit had led to the GNLA suffering major blows in the recent past. Kancha too had narrowly escaped a police encounter recently and was separated from his group and were unable to get back with each other.
“Tactful negotiation by the G branch BSF with the said surrendered cadre led to him coming out of the deep jungles at around 11 pm yesterday. He also revealed that the GNLA has split itself up into two groups,” said the release by the BSF.
According to them, one group of 11 cadres, who were moving around with the commander in chief of the outfit, Sohan D Shira had only 11 men. They are currently around SGH. Another group of 7 cadres, led by the ULFA deputy commander, Dristhi Rajkhowa, were operating in West Khasi Hills.