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Top HNLC militant arrested in Meghalaya
Correspondent DAWKI, JUL 19:
Published on 19 Jul. 2010 10:56 PM IST
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Border Security Force (BSF) troopers Monday detained a top leader of the outlawed Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) along the India-Bangladesh border in Meghalaya, a BSF official said.
“SS Sgt Major Joplin Pohtam was arrested this morning after he sneaked into the country from Bangladesh through Umsyiem village in Meghalaya,” BSF spokesman Ravi Gandhi said.
Pohtam is a trusted-aide of Bobby Marwein, the Chief of the military wing of the HNLC. Marwein is believed to hiding in Bangladesh. He also carries a cash reward of Rs one lakh for his arrest.
“It is a prize catch and he (Pohtam) is also one of the prime accused in the killing of a coal exporter Raja Khongsit at Pomshutia area in December last year and involved in killing of Khasi Students’ Union (KSU) leader Phershal Kongwang,” Superintendent of Police, Claudia Lyngwa said.
Kongwang had been missing from December 16, 2007 after he was reportedly abducted by HNLC cadres from Umkrem village near the Bangladesh border in southern tip of Meghalaya.
However, HNLC had denied its involvement in killing of the student leader.
The HNLC, which runs hit-and-run operations from its hideout in Bangladesh, had been demanding a sovereign Khasi homeland in Meghalaya.
Meghalaya shares a 443-km border with Bangladesh, part of which is porous, hilly and unfenced and prone to frequent infiltration.
Meanwhile, two suspected armed smugglers -- Pintu Chakma bad u Liana Ribung - were arrested Sunday night from Shillong, the state capital of Meghalaya.
Police seized 7.56 calibre pistol with 20 numbers of live ammunition.

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