One day after two police personnel were killed in an ambush by Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) militants in South Garo Hills district, the Meghalaya Police on Thursday intensified operations in the area, arrested seven militants and recovered a cache of arms and ammunition including an IED weighing about 6 kilograms.
Meghalaya Police IG (Operations) GHP Raju said the militants, during interrogation, have revealed that Sohan D Shira, self-styled commander-in-chief of the GNLA had constituted special teams to attack police stations in different districts of the Garo Hills region.
“He particularly gave instructions to carry out attacks after the Wangala festival was over. In pursuance of this sinister design, GNLA commander of Nongalbibra area called one Rakkam along with a group of militants had ambushed a police party on Wednesday at Siju, leading to the death of two police personnel and injuries to three,” IGP Raju said.
Another group on the other hand lobbed a powerful bomb at the Rongram police outpost on Wednesday evening. “One of the militants also revealed names other GNLA cadres who have been assigned to execute attacks on the police in the days to come,” the IGP said. Milton K Sangma (23), one of the seven militants arrested, has confessed that he was sent out to attack Ampati police station.
The Meghalaya Police headquarters meanwhile have sent instructions to all police stations, outposts and other police units in the five districts comprising Garo Hills to take necessary and adequate precautionary measures besides continuing counter insurgency operations against militants under Operation Hill Storm, the IGP added.