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Meghalaya seeks five companies of ITBP
Correspondent SHILLONG, JUNe 6:
Published on 7 Jun. 2011 1:12 AM IST
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The Meghalaya government Monday sought five companies of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) to tackle the anti-national activities of Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) rebels.
“We have requested the Centre to sanction us five companies of ITBP to tackle the GNLA activities in Garo Hills region,” Home Minister H.D.R. Lyngdoh said after reviewing Saturday’s fall-out in East Garo Hills district.
Three police personnel were killed and two were critically injured Saturday after a group of ten heavily armed GNLA rebels hiding on a hilltop attacked them at Thapa Darenchi area.
The militants also snatched away four rifles, including one AK-47 and one INSAS rifle.
Lyngdoh, who reviewed the law and order situation in Garo Hills region with Director General of Police Prem Singh and other senior police officials, said combing operations is on full swing to flush out the GNLA rebels.
The three districts of Garo Hills region in western part of Meghalaya has witnessed spurt of GNLA’s anti-national activities, prompting the government to launch offensive operations against the growing GNLA rebels.
Though, the GNLA has denied it’s involvement in the incident, the Home Minister said that the police have got vital leads of the tribal Garo group behind the incident. “It is just a matter of time and we will act accordingly,” Lyngdoh asserted.
Meanwhile, the government announced a compensation package of Rs 5 lakh to the next of kin of those three policemen killed. Lyngdoh said the government will also bear all medical expenses of the other two policemen who were injured in the ambushed. The GNLA, one of the five Garo rebel groups, is fighting for a sovereign Garoland. It is headed by police officer-turned-outlaw Champion R. Sangma.
The outfit is also believed to have links with the NSCN (I-M), ULFA and NDFB.

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