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Top GNLA commander arrested
Correspondent WILLIAMNAGAR/SHILLONG, NOV 22:
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Published on 23 Nov. 2010 5:30 PM IST
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A top commander of Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA), an influential rebel group operating in Meghalaya has been arrested, police said Tuesday, even as the rebel outfit announced to free abducted transport official by Wednesday.
Sengwan Marak, the area commander of the GNLA, was arrested Monday night from a safe house in Danaidubi area under East Garo Hills district, a police said. An Italian-made revolver with six rounds of live ammunition were recovered from his possession.
A combing operation - code-named “Operation Durama” - has been launched in the three districts of Garo Hills to neutralise the growing GNLA anti-national activities in western part of Meghalaya. The combing operation jointly carried out by state’s Special Operation Team and Central Reserve Police Force was launched after 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 Sep 30.
Meanwhile, chief of GNLA’s military wing, Sohan D Shira announced through an english daily - The Meghalaya Times, to ‘release unharmed’ its hostage - Rominus Syngkon after 55 days of capitivty, the Meghalaya’s transport official by Wednesday.
However, additional Director General of Police (Special Branch) S.K. Jain said that the police have no inputs on GNLA’s plan to free the transport official. The GNLA, headed by police officer-turned-rogue Champion R. Sangma, had earlier sent extortion demands of Rs.60 lakh to Syngkon through mobile text messages. However, Syngkon did not comply with the demand.
Shira, reasoned that Syngkon was kidnapped by his outfit for indulging in ‘corrupt practices’, warned government officials in the region (western part of Meghalaya) not to indulge in corruption and malpractices.
‘Each corrupt office will meet with dire consequences or share the same fate or worst than Syngkon,” Shira, who was quoted by the English Daily, said.
Shira added : ‘Syngkon has learnt the lesson hard and vouched that he will not repeat the deed he did before and we believed he will keep his words.’
The GNLA, one of the five Garo rebel groups, is demanding 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).
Last week, GNLA rebels killed two migrant coal miners and attacked a petrol pump in South Garo Hills district to create fear in the coalmine areas and to extort money.
The rebel group 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.

 
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