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GNLA chief recruiter held
Correspondent Williamnagar, Oct 24:
Published on 24 Oct. 2010 11:31 PM IST
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Meghalaya police Sunday said they have arrested three persons suspected to be recruiters of the Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA), a secessionists group operating in western part of the state. The trio identified as Dikseng M Sangma (24), the Chief Recruiting Agent of GNLA and his Wallen Ch. Marak (44) and Stingson Ch. Marak (24) were arrested on Saturday night from different locations in East Garo Hills district.
"Dikseng arrest is a prize catch for us in our month long Operation Durman against the GNLA. It is a major blow for the GNLA," Syvester Nongtynger, the police chief of East Garo Hills district, said. The GNLA, headed by police officer-turned-rogue Champion R Sangma, who is fighting for a sovereign Garoland in western Meghalaya, believed to have links with the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Isak-Muivah), the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) and the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB).
Nongtynger said the activities of the trio were mainly to recruit new members for the tribal Garo rebel group, which off-late had step up ante against the police. "In a couple of months, they have recruited a number of young boys for first and second batch of GNLA cadres but their arrest would surely affect the GNLA activities," the police chief.
On September 30, the GNLA kidnapped Rominus Syngkon, district transport officer (DTO) of East Garo Hills district, and his driver from his residence in Williamnagar. Syngkon and his aide had been still held captives. Eleven days later, the rebel group lobbed a crude bomb at a bakery shop in Tura in state's West Garo Hills district, injuring seven people. So far, no one had been arrested related with this incident.
Earlier, police also busted a GNLA camp at Dorengkigre and a general store hidden deep inside the jungle of Durama. Police destroyed GNLA's uniforms, magazine pouch, rifle slings, generator and all the edible items recovered on the spot.

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