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SWAT commandoes kill two M’laya cops
Correspondent Shillong, Jul 3:
Published on 4 Jul. 2011 12:21 AM IST
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In a case of mistaken identity, two policemen, engaged in a crackdown against Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) rebels in Meghalaya Sunday were killed in an accidental firing with the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) commandos, police official said.
“Two of our battalion boys (policemen) died this morning (Sunday) in an accidental firing with the SWAT commandos in the foothills of Durama hill range near Dorengchigre village,” a police official said.
Dorengchigre village is located in Meghalaya’s East Garo Hills district, the heartland of GNLA rebel outfit led by a police officer-turned rogue, Champion R Sangma.
The police official, who wished not to be named, said, the two slain policemen - Exmarting Marak and Gopal Prasad Nunia - fell into the bullets of the SWAT commandos after their team wrongly intruded into an area inside the jungle which was cordoned-off area by the commandos.
The slain policemen belong to the Meghalaya Police fifth battalion.
“Apparently, the commandos thought that the policemen inside the cordoned-off area were GNLA rebels and fired at them (policemen) which led to both parties to exchange of firing,”the police official said, brushing aside any foul play in the tragic incident.
Based on specific information about the presence of a GNLA camp near Dorengchigre village, the SWAT team launched a crackdown in the area and cordoned off the entire to lay the trap the rebels.
Stating that the killing was an accidental firing, Home Minister H.D.R Lyngdoh said that the government would soon order for a departmental inquiry into the “accidental firing”.
Garo Hills region, the most backward regionin 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.
The GNLA has forged close operational links with other northeast-based insurgent groups like the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) and the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB).

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