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Meghalaya CM seeks report on police officer turned rogue
Correspondent SHILLONG, MAR 19
Published on 20 Mar. 2010 1:07 AM IST
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Chief Minister DD Lapang on Thursday sought a report from the department on a Meghalaya police officer-turned rogue.
Champion R Sangma, a deputy superintendent of police has gone missing and allegedly joined a Meghalaya-based Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) militant outfit.
“I have already sought for a report from the police department on Champion’s missing from service and allegedly joining the militant outfit,” Lapang, who also the Home department said.
If the reports of joining the militant outfit is proved right, Lapang said, Champion will be dealt as per the law of the land.
The Meghalaya police has already served notice to him for being absent from duty for a very long time and his salary has been stopped.
“We are making inquiries about Champion. We are hearing (he has joined a militant outfit) and waiting for the report,” Director General of Police S.B. Kakati said.
A senior Garo rebel leader claimed that Champion was now “commander-in-chief” of GNLA, whose cadres are deserters, mostly from the Achik National Volunteers Council (ANVC) and Liberation of Achik Elite Force (LAEF).
Incidentally, LAEF was floated by another deserting policeman, Peter Marak, with the help of the National Socialist Council of Nagalim-Isak-Muivah.
Marak was later killed in a crossfire while he was leading the police to a LAEF camp at Kalak in East Garo Hills Aug 22, 2007.
The GNLA is under the police scanner for serving extortion notes, ranging from Rs.5 lakh to Rs. 1 crore, to petrol pump owners, coal dealers and businessmen in the coal-rich districts of Garo Hills.
A retired inspector general of police was among those who received the extortion note.
“Most of the rank and file of GNLA are mostly those who had deserted our organisation and members of the LAEF,” ANVC spokesman Arist D. Sangma said.
ANVC, a Garo rebel group operating in Garo Hills region, is locked in a ceasefire with the central and state governments till March 31.(EOM)

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