TURA, Sep 13: In a case of fratricidal killings between two rival groups of militants, 4 suspected Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) militants were killed by the Jack Marak led A’chik Matgrik Elite Force (AMEF) in the Bolmaram jungle near Williamnagar in East Garo Hills (EGH). In fighting that lasted for about an hour the four were killed though police are yet to locate the exact area where the gunfight took place.
Police have claimed that one of the cadres killed is from the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) who has been identified as Rabha. However, more details of the firing are awaited as the police have begun a search operation for the bodies of those killed. The Bolmaram jungle is located near the village of Songsak about 80 kms from the town of Tura. The AMEF is an offshoot of the ASAK militant group which is an offshoot of the GNLA.
Meanwhile, one militant from the A’chik National Cooperative Army (ANCA) was killed after being severely beaten up by the residents of Chokpot when his group was serving demand notes to the people of the town. The residents of the town, angered by their activities started chasing the group of five. While three of them managed to escape, the residents caught one militant, identified as Rapseng Ch Marak, and severely beat him up. He was then taken to the Chokpot PHC where he died from his injuries.
Another from the same group fearing the same fate ran to the Chokpot police station where he was saved by the police from the angry mob.
“The villagers got angry with their move and chased them. They recovered the car in which the militants had come to the village. The car bearing registration AS 19 7576 was torched by the villagers after the group evaded them. One of the rebels managed to come down to the police station. He has been identified as Sentu Marak," said Superintendent of Police (SP), South Garo Hills (SGH) Lakador Syiem.