Tura, May 01: One day after 6 militants fired at a petrol pump in Williamnagar, security forces busted a GNLA camp and shot dead one senior trainer of GNLA in the encounter near Chokpot, around 50 kms from the district headquarter of Baghmara in South Garo Hills (SGH) on Thursday.
The slain GNLA militant has been identified as Kram D Sangma and he was from the 3rd batch of the GNLA. He had been working as a training instructor and was a resident of Dawagre in Williamnagar. He was killed in the skirmish while the rest within the camp fled into the thick jungles.
Additional Superintendent of Police SGH, Abraham T Sangma, said the militant group’s trainer was killed in a gun battle in the Daji Badimagre-Boldakgre area in the district bordering Bangladesh,
According to Sangma, “We launched an operation in the area based on a tip-off that some members of the group were taking shelter there”.
Till the filing of this report, the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) and CoBRA (Combat Battalion for Resolute Action) commandos were still conducting a combing operation to flush out the militants in the area.
An AK - 47 rifle along with bullets, magazines and a pistol were recovered from the site, which was a make-shift camp of the outfit. The police team also recovered many items including IED materials, solar lamps, wireless sets, walkie talkies, big batteries, camouflage uniforms, along with other materials from the site.
Mentionably, on April 24 last, there had been an ambush made on the Deputy Commissioner of South Garo Hills as well as the abduction of 5 drivers belonging to local coal company, allegedly by the GNLA. Their whereabouts are still unknown.
Williamnagar update: Meanwhile, in the morning hours of Thursday, a dud grenade was recovered from the petrol pump which was attacked on Wednesday. The same was diffused by East Garo Hills police team after it was recovered.
The police team arrested the injured militant from Sampalgre, near Williamnagar, following a blood trail which they found from the boat in which the injured was carried. The arrested cadre of UALA has been identified as Kalsen Momin and he was found with a bullet hole in his abdomen. He initially denied his involvement stating he was a victim of the firing. However, eye witness accounts differed. The boat in which he was carried also had blood spots. He was in a bad condition when the police team caught up with him.
The injured UALA cadre has been taken into custody and is currently undergoing treatment. He was initially moved to Tura on Wednesday night after which he was referred to NEIGRHIMS in Shillong for further treatment. He is said to be critical as one of his kidneys was damaged during the incident.