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Meghalaya intensifies combing operations
Correspondent Shillong, Jun 16:
Published on 16 Jun. 2011 11:45 PM IST
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Security forces Thursday intensified combing operations against the Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) rebels in western part of Meghalaya, a police official said Thursday.
“The operation is full swing and it has yielded good results and we cannot divulge details of the operations at this stage,” additional director general of police, B.Kezo said.
The trooper comprising of Meghalaya’s Special Weapons and Tactics, Central Reserve Police Force and Meghalaya police battalion busted a GNLA training camp at Durama.
The Durama hill range is located in Meghalaya’s West Garo Hill district, about 350 km west of state capital Shillong.
“Although they (GNLA) managed to escape with their weapons but nonetheless we have recovered certain of their important documents, including recruiting forms,” Kezo said.
The GNLA, one of the five Garo rebel groups, fighting for a ‘sovereign Garoland’ in the western area of Meghalaya, It is headed by police officer-turned-rogue Champion R. Sangma.
Garo Hills region, the most backward region in Meghalaya has witnessed
spurt of GNLA’s anti-national activities in the recent months, including the recent of three police personnel.
The rebel group slapped extortion notes to government officials and businessmen in Garo Hill region.
Home Minister H.D.R. Lyngdoh said government officials posted in Garo Hills region have been directed not to comply with the extortion demands of the GNLA.
“We have directed all government officials to report all extortion notices to police or else face legal action if the government finds them complying to the militants’ demands,” Lyngdoh told IANS.The home Minister said that the state government has sought five companies of the paramilitary Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) to assist the existing paramilitary force in tackling the GNLA menace.

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