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Fierce gunfight in M’laya
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Published on 22 Nov. 2010 12:11 AM IST
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A gunfight broke out between security forces and rebels of the Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) in Meghalaya’s South Garo Hills district, police said. The encounter took place at 10: 30 am in Goreng village, a bordering area between South Garo Hills and West Khasi Hills districts, when security forces came under fire from four GNLA rebels hiding there. ‘The encounter lasted for an hour and the militants retreated back to the jungles after intensive firing from the troops,” a police official said. However, an amount of Rs. 50,000 left behind by the GNLA rebels was recovered from the encounter site. Though, there were no casualties or injury on any security forces, the police are yet to confirm if any of the rebels were injured. Security forces have launched a combing operation in the area to neutralize the GNLA menace. On Wednesday, suspected GNLA killed two migrant coal miners and attacked a petrol pump in South Garo Hills district to create fear in the coal mine areas and to extort money. 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. The GNLA is fighting for a sovereign ‘Garoland’ in western Meghalaya.
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