TURA: The police team of South Garo Hills (SGH) had a major success with the killing of one of the cadres in a fierce gun battle along with recovery of huge cache of sophisticated items from the outfit the Garo National Liberation Army(GNLA).
According to police sources there had been inputs indicating the presence of a entire splinter group in the Nangalbibra region. The group was allegedly led by its former area commander, Salman in the Nangalbibra region of South Garo Hills.
The operating team located the hideout at around 10 am and heavy gun battle ensured lasting close to an hour. During the heavy exchange of fire, one of the rebels was killed while the others abandoned their positions to flee deeper into the forests.
“A fierce gun fight took place for almost half an hour from 11.00 am after which the the general area was searched and we found one unidentified male dead body with one AK rifle in his hands. A huge amount of sophisticated weapons and ammunition was recovered from the site along with a huge number of GNLA demand pads,” said SP of SGH, Anand Mishra, who rushed to the spot this morning.
Meanwhile a police team led by its Special Force-Ten (SF-10) launched a massive combing operation through the dense forests to try and locate the hideout of the militants.
The weapons recovered included one HK Rifle, 1 AK rifle, 1 SLR, a 2 inch mortar, one grenade launcher, 2 mortar shells, 1 Chinese live grenade, 7 Magazines, more than 160 live ammunition, 1 walkie talkie, 3 mobile handsets, 1 notebook and many other camp items.
Police are of the opinion that the fleeing militants may now have only a handful of small arms following the police raid on their hideout. Almost all the weapons are said to belong to the GNLA which was taken away by Salman and his followers after they split ranks with the mother organization last month.
Salman was under the command of the former deputy commander-in-chief, Rupanto Marak and had broken away sometime in September during the night along with 12 rebels of his command taking away almost all weapons while abandoning Rupanto with only a handgun.
The GNLA has witnessed a huge split in the past months with two units allegedly breaking away to form their own groups. Besides Salman’s splinter group, another batch of rebels under the command of Baichung Momin in Chokpot also deserted the organization to form their own outfit.