Norrok makes another lucky escape using human shields
Williamnagar, May 20: In a major boost to the police morale in East Garo Hills (EGH) district, a pre – dawn strike on the house of United A’chik Liberation Army (UALA) Commander in Chief (C-In-C), Norrok X Momin (Singbirth Marak) on Tuesday led to killing of 5 militants. One Sub Inspector (SI) was also wounded in the leg in retaliatory fire by the militants and is recovering in the Williamnagar Civil Hospital. Police recovered a huge cache of arms and ammunition from the site of the incident which took place at about 4 am.
EGH district police chief, Davies Marak, confirmed the encounter saying they had prior information of the presence of militants led by the UALA C-in-C Norrok X Momin. According to estimates, around 30 militants were present at in the area at the time of incident, though most of them were not in the house under attack.
“The village had about 30 UALA cadres in different locations within the same village. In the ensuing gun battle, 5 militants were killed by police. One Sub Inspector was also injured in the cross fire. He was hit on the leg and is said to be recovering in the Williamnagar Civil Hospital”, he said.
The encounter was jointly carried out by Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) commandoes of Meghalaya police along with the CoBRA team of the CRPF.
“Norrok was also present in the same house and he came out using a small boy as a human shield. Our police team did not fire and he escaped into the woods surrounding the house”, informed Marak.
This is the second instance of the UALA chief escaping police encounters. Three UALA militants were killed in the last encounter with the police.
The killed militants have been identified as self styled Sgt Major Kalam R Marak, Corporal Dikdik D Momin, privates Sengnang Marak (Walle), Bhatnagar Marak and Kekil Marak of the UALA outfit.
The police team recovered one 9mm pistol, three AK rifles, three magazines, 109 rounds of live ammunition, 22 empty shell cases along with demand pads and 3 IDs. Embroidery works of IDs and caps were also recovered from the site.