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Pakistan’s ISI offered help to GNLA militant outfit
Correspondent SHILLONG, MAY 22:
Published on 23 May. 2010 12:24 AM IST
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The Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA), a Meghalaya-based militant said that the Pakistani intelligence agency ISI and jehadi groups had sent feelers to the outfit to offer their “assistance.”
“We rejected outright their offer since we were not fighting against the interest of India. All our demands were within the ambit of the Indian Constitution,” Champion R Sangma, the GNLA chairman, told reporters over the phone.
Sangma, a trained deputy superintendent of police floated the militant outfit following fallout with top Meghalaya police officials.
“We have friends in China, Thailand, Myanmar, besides that other militant organisations of the North-East who helping the organisation,” the police officer-turned rogue said.
The nascent militant was maintaining a close operational relationship with other Northeast-based militant outfits—NSCN (IM), ULFA and NDFB.
Asked on the recent setbacks, including the arrest of five of its cadres on Friday, Sangma said he had “lots of arms and ammunition” and his “friends” were willing to provide more to continue the fight.
On possible surrendering himself to the government in the wake of the outfit’s series of setback, the GNLA Chairman said that he would never surrender before the Meghalaya government, but was willing to sit for negotiation with the centre.
“I will never surrender before the Meghalaya government, but I am ready to surrender before the government of India and that too before Chidambaram,” he said.
“The GNLA would sit for talks only with the centre and not with the state government. If we received a request from the union home minister, then only we will consider,” he added.
The militant group formed in 2007 suffered a major setback Saturday when its founder and general secretary Novembirth Marak was arrested from Siliguri railway station in West Bengal Saturday, dealing a blow to the group’s network.
The security forces busted a GNLA training camp at Durama Hill range in Garo Hills Wednesday and recovered a machine gun, an Uzi sub-machine gun, grenades, bombs, a laptop and incriminating documents.
On Friday, five GNLA militants were arrested in Meghalaya’s East Garo Hills district. The five were arrested from a hideout at Jagme village in the district and a 9 mm pistol with 9 rounds of ammunitions, one air pistol and Rs.5,000 in cash were seized from them, district police chief Sylvester Nongtynger said.
“The ongoing combing operation against the GNLA militants had been successful and their top rung leaders are on the run,” he said, adding the operations will continue till all its top leaders were arrested.

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