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Meghalaya: Lingering Fires in the Garo Hills

On November 25, 2016, a Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) cadre identified as Ruka was killed in an encounter that took place between GNLA militants and Meghalaya Police near Songmagre Williamnagar Police Station in the East Garo Hills District. Police recovered an AK-56 Assault Rifle from his possession.

Meghalaya: GNLA militant killed in fierce gun battle, huge quantity arms recovered

Tura, Meghalaya, Oct 27 (IBNS): A hardcore militant of Meghalaya's outfit group Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) was killed in a fierce gun battle with security forces in Meghalaya's South Garo Hills district on Thursday morning.

Meghalaya: Retribution

On October 17, 2016, a large group of heavily armed Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) militants, allegedly led by its 'commander-in-chief (C-in-C)' Sohan D. Shira, shot dead the outfit's former 'finance secretary', Rakkam D. Shira aka Bilding Ch Marak aka Rikchie at his residence near Williamnagar in East Garo Hills District. Rakkam, a surrendered militant, was confined inside the Goeragre camp in West Garo Hills District under a rehabilitation process, and was killed shortly after he visited his house in the afternoon. Rakkam, along with the entire 'finance wing' of the outfit had surrendered before the then State Home Minister Roshan Warjri in Shillong on May 9, 2016. According to the District Police, "He (Rakkam) was supposed to be inside the Goeragre camp. He did not inform anyone about his sudden trip to Williamnagar. Even the police were unaware of his visit to his home." Surrendered GNLA militants are housed in two transit rehabilitation camps located at the Second Meghalaya Police (MLP) Battalion headquarters at Goeragre and Baljek Airport at Jengjal in West Garo Hills District.

GNLA's Dy C-in-C surrenders in Meghalaya

Guwahati, Oct 7 (IBNS) : Deputy C-in-C of Meghalaya’s Garo militant group Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) laid down arms before police in East Garo Hills on Friday.

Meghalaya turns transit route of smuggling wooden logs, coal to Bangladesh

Guwahati, Sept 7 (IBNS): It appears smugglers want to exploit the flooded river Simsang and Chillai before the water level goes down as these rivers have been main routes for smuggling wooden logs, coal and bamboo from India to Bangladesh.

Assam CM pitches for a separate road for South Salmara district

Guwahati, Sept 6 (IBNS) : Pitching for a separate road for South Salmara-Mankachar district, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal asked the PWD (Roads) and Water Resources Department to prepare a DPR (Detailed Project Report) for construction of a road to the district via Assam without touching the territory of Meghalaya.

Assam on high alert following report of 5 Bangladeshi terrorists' infiltration

Guwahati, July 7 (IBNS): Assam Police on Thursday sounded high alert across the state following a report of five Bangladeshi terrorists entering the state.

Meghalaya: Surrender Saga

On June 9, 2016, 68 cadres of the United Achik Liberation Army (UALA) led by its 'chairman' Novembirth Marak bade farewell to arms in an official disbanding ceremony held at the SMELC Building at Dakopgre in the Tura area of West Garo Hills District. "I appeal to other outfits to accept the call of the government, join the mainstream and work for the welfare of the Garo society," Marak stated after the surrender. He also claimed that he had tried to convince at least five other outfits to come together and join the mainstream under the banner of A'chik Revolutionary Front (ARF), but the plan failed to materialize.

St. Peter's: Fire devours heritage school in Meghalaya

Shillong, Apr 13 (IBNS) A massive fire broke out at Shillong's St Peter's Higher Secondary School on Wednesday morning, destroying the heritage institution, according to reports.

Meghalaya: Lingering Troubles

On February 25, 2016, Meghalaya Government launched the third phase of Operation Hill Storm (OHS) against Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) militants in the Garo Hills region of the State. The Garo Hills region comprises five Districts - West Garo Hills, East Garo Hills, South West Garo Hills, South Garo Hills and North Garo Hills.

Meghalaya: Blast rocks marketplace, 2 killed

Shillong, Jan 9 (IBNS): A blast rocked William Nagar market in Meghalaya on Saturday which left at least two people killed, media reports said.

Meghalaya: Elusive Peace

Research Assistant, Institute for Conflict Management On December 12, 2015, Meghalaya Police recovered the body of a Police constable, Khomraj Bhattarai, from a shallow grave near the Tapa Darengchi area in the North Garo Hills District. Bhattarai was abducted along with another person, identified as Muslo Hussain, by Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) militants from Rongdongre village on November 6, 2015. Muslo Hussain was later released unharmed on November 19. Police suspect that GNLA 'area commander' Pilliport D. Shira was responsible for the abduction and subsequent execution of the Policeman.

Meghalaya: Army guns down 2 civilians by mistake

Shillong, Nov 27 (IBNS) Army personnel on Wednesday shot down two civilians, mistaking them for Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) militants, according to media reports.

Meghalaya: Vulnerabilities Persist

Research Assistant, Institute for Conflict Management On October 26, 2015, the body of Rezaul Parvez, a student of the CV Raman Junior College in Nagaon town, was recovered by Police at Nongpoh in the Ri Bhoi District of Meghalaya. He had been abducted on October 21, from a private hostel at Nagaon Aminpatti (Assam) and is believed to have been killed by his abductors.

Meghalaya: Prospective Gains

Research Assistant, Institute for Conflict Management On July 9, 2015, Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team of Meghalaya Police killed a Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) 'commander', identified as Savio Marak, at Rengregre village in East Garo Hills District. Inspector General of Police (Operations) G.H.P Raju disclosed that Savio, a former Meghalaya Police constable was wanted in several cases of murder, abduction, bombings and extortion in the Garo Hills region. Savio had deserted the Police Force in February 2011, while on duty at a relief camp for victims of the Garo-Rabha ethnic clashes during the month of January 2011.