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Rebels kill miners, attack petrol pump
Correspondent Tura, Nov 17:
Published on 18 Nov. 2010 12:07 AM IST
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Suspected Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) rebels Wednesday killed two coal miners and attacked a petrol pump in Meghalaya’s South Garo Hills district, police official said. The migrant coal miners - Nazrul Islam and Kuki Boro - were killed in two different coal quaries areas, a local police official, from the area said.
Later, the rebels also hurled two grenades at a petrol pump at Pathargittim area. One of the grenades exploded causing less damaged to the petrol pump, while the other failed to explode, the police official said. Nongalbibra is about 475 km from Shillong, the state capital of Meghalaya, is a coal-mining area. Though, no militant groups have claimed responsibility for the blast, intelligence agencies suspected the involvement of the GNLA, a rebel group headed by police officer-turned-rogue Champion R. Sangma.
“These attacks carried out by the GNLA is to create fear psychosis in the coal mine areas to yield their extortion demands,” a top intelligence official said. The GNLA had earlier slapped extortion demands ranging from Rs.5 lakh to Rs.1 crore on petrol pump owners, coal dealers and businessmen in the coal-rich districts of Garo Hills. A fortnight ago, the GNLA rebels had abducted two non tribal coal traders from their residences at Nangalbibra area on ransom.
However, Mukesh K Singh, the police chief of South Garo Hills district said, “investigations are on to ascertained who are behind these attacks and it’s too early to point out who is behind it.
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). EOM

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