WILLIAMNAGAR, July 08: In a major boost to police morale in East Garo Hills (EGH), 9 cadres of the A’chik Songna Achakpakiga Kotok (ASAK) were nabbed on Tuesday by the police from the towns of Williamnagar and Rongjeng and a small amount of arms and ammunition were also recovered from them. Interestingly, two of the 9 ASAK cadre caught were Area Commanders of the outfit.
Superintendent of Police (SP) of EGH Davies Marak said, “We received a tip-off about the presence of three members of the outfit near the Williamnagar Forest Gate. Our team went and nabbed one of them from the spot. Upon interrogation, he revealed that there were another two cadres in the Williamnagar Bazar area who were possibly serving demand notes. They too were nabbed”.
“Again, these two then revealed that there was another member of the outfit in the Chidekgre area of Williamnagar, whom we then nabbed. He then revealed that an Area Commander and two more cadres were travelling on road towards Rongjeng. Our team caught them in Rongjeng after lying in wait for them. A total of nine members were caught in the district,” added Marak.
The police recovered arms and ammunition from nabbed cadres besides knives and demand notes of the ASAK group. A total of 3 automatic pistols, 2 knives, 25 live rounds, mobile phones, SIM cards, wireless sets, demand notes and some money were recovered.
The cadres arrested from Williamnagar have been identified as Rikran Momin, Sabat Marak, Selbi Arengh, Isak Sangma, Walman Sangma and Merak K Sangma (Suangre). Suangre, who is a GNLA deserter and who belonged to the 4th batch of the outfit is the eastern Area Commander of ASAK.
The cadres arrested from Rongjeng have been identified as Pagal Sangma (Balwa), Ninibirth Sangma and Dinesh Ch Marak (Blackboard). Blackboard is the commander of both the Operation Command and the Special Command of the militant outfit.
“We had a very valuable tip-off due to which we were successful in nabbing all of them within a day,” informed the SP.