Suspected militants belonging to the Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) last night made a daring attack on the official residence of T G Momin, Additional SP of East Garo Hills district in Willamnagar, and also placed a powerful IED in the compound which luckily did not explode.
Official sources said a group of suspected GNLA militants fired over a dozen rounds from a sophisticated AK-series weapon damaging the outer walls of the additional SP’s official residence. While the officer was out in the town supervising the law and order situation, his wife and little daughter escaped unhurt by lying down on the floor. The incident occurred at around 8:30 PM last night.
While policemen on duty in the vicinity rushed to the spot on hearing gunshots, the militants escaped under cover of darkness, but not before leaving behind an improvised explosive device (IED) near the main gate of the additional SP’s quarter.
“The militants had planned to detonate the bomb through a remote device as soon as the police teams rushed in, but our personnel spotted the device outside the compound, which was soon diffused by our bomb squad,” said East Garo Hills SP Davis Nestell R Marak. The IED was concealed in a plastic bag. As many as 13 empty rounds of AK-series ammunition along with three live rounds were recovered from the spot where the militants opened fire on the SP’s quarter.
It was only about a month back that the GNLA had announced a reward of Rs 15 lakh to cadres who would target senior police officers in the Garo Hills region. That announcement was made on November 6, one day after the Meghalaya Police had announced rewards of Rs 10 lakh for information leading to arrest of 10 top GNLA rebels. While the GNLA had killed three policemen this year, the police have killed 45 militants this year.