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ANVC offer rescue of hostage
Correspondent SHILLONG, OCT 7:
Published on 8 Oct. 2010 1:02 AM IST
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Outlawed A’chik National Volunteers Council (ANVC), a powerful rebel group in Meghalaya, Thursday offered its assistance to rescue the abducted transport official.
Five armed Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) rebels kidnapped R. Syngkon, district transport officer (DTO) of East Garo Hills district, and his driver from his official residence in Williamnagar in west Meghalaya on September 30 last at gunpoint. Syngkon was reportedly abducted for complying to extortion demands of Rs 60 lakh by the GNLA.
“We are ready to assist the state police in their operation to rescue the official if the government sought for our assitance,” ANVC spokesperson Torik Jangning Marak said.
ANVC, a tribal Garo rebel group operating in Meghalaya’s Garo Hills region, fighting for creation of Garoland Autonomous Council is on ceasefire with the government.
While the GNLA, is one of the five Garo rebel groups operating in backward Garo Hills region, which is fighting for a sovereign Garoland in western Meghalaya. The GNLA is headed by headed by police officer-turned-rogue Champion R. Sangma, whose followers are deserters of the outlawed ANVC and other rebel outfits. “It all depends on what kind of assistance they (ANVC) are offering to us. We don’t closed our minds on everything. All options are open on the issue,” additional Director General of Police in-charge Special Branch, SK Jain said.
Sohan D Shira, the military chief of the GNLA, who claimed responsibility of kidnapping the transport official and his driver had assured that the official would be ‘released unharmed’.
“This act by the GNLA has disturbed the peaceful harmony between tribal Khasi, Jaintia and Garo. The GNLA should immediately released the hostages for the sake of harmony between these tribal communities,” Marak, whose rebel group had also indulged in such criminal activities before signing the ceasefire pact on July 23, 2004.
Earlier, HNLC which has been fighting for a sovereign Hynniewtrep homeland for the tribal Khasi and Jaintia in eastern Meghalaya also appealed to the GNLA for the immediate release of the official and his driver.
“We do not wish to see such incidents which could create enmity between the Garos and the Hynniewtrep people,” HNLC Spokesman Sainkupar Nongtraw said.
Meanwhile, police officials maintained that the abducted persons continue to be in the capitivity of the GNLA.
‘The operations to rescue the abducted persons are on and we have got some definite leads,” Jain said.
The GNLA, which is fighting for a sovereign Garoland in western Meghalaya, is 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).

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