Shillong, Nov 25: A Special Meghalaya Police team has tracked down and arrested William A Sangma, the Self-styled Commander of A’chik National Cooperative Army (ANCA) and his accomplice Alas R Sangma of Chokpot, from a remote place Chinnakkarai under Palladm Police Station limits in Tirupur district of Tamil Nadu.
Interestingly, William A Sangma had managed to get a job in a local readymade garments factory, with local name.
William A Sangma is one of the most wanted militant who managed to escape from Mendipathar Police station lock up in the month of August 2014. A criminal case is registered in this regard by the Mendipathar Police. He is wanted in many other cases in various Police Stations of Garo Hills.
His accomplice Alas R Sangma is from Chokpot Dagalgre village under Chokpot PS and is a wanted criminal in a case where he shot at his own son, who is six years old.
“The Special Police Team was constituted to trace and track down William A Sangma. On being given a lead by a source, the Special Team took the help of Tirupur district police of Tamil Nadu and tracked William and his accomplice in a readymade garments manufacturing factory. The Tamil Nadu police have extended full support and cooperation in arrest of William and his accomplice. The arrested persons are being brought to Garo Hills tomorrow for further interrogation,” informed Public Relations Officer, Meghalaya Police, here on Tuesday.
He also informed that Tura police arrested Sanjeev Roy, a close aid of William A Sangma, from Lower Babupara, Tura on Monday and seized Cash of Rs 31,745, five mobile phones, and other incriminating documents.
According to police, Roy is the main person who identifies potential targets for kidnap by William gang from the Tura bazar area. He collects mobile numbers of various business people and pass on these numbers to ANCA, ASAK and other militant groups for extortion SMS to these victims. He is the most trusted team member of ANCA who helped William in many kidnap and extortion cases.
“Many persons like Sanjeev Roy, who are in to petty business, are mainly into identifying business people and obtain their mobile numbers and pass on these numbers to GNLA, ASAK, AMEF and other militant groups. These victims rarely share the information with police and negotiate with these militants and settle the issue. When the deal is made, these over ground informers get a percentage of the money collected from the militants,” the PRO said while appealing to business community to refrain from sharing their mobile numbers with others unless they are known to them and their character is beyond doubt.
As a precautionary step, he also urged the businessmen to change their mobile numbers and keep the new mobile number known only to those who should know.
At the same time, he asked businessmen not to engage outsiders as workers, or drivers, pointing out that in many kidnapping cases the personal drivers were the main culprits in divulging the travel plans of the businessmen including the vehicle color, type and number and time and route of their travel for easy identification by the militant group to way lay and kidnap the businessmen.
“We encourage the business community to come forward to share the information about their private drivers and other workers working in their firms with the local police for verification. This would help in enhancing the security of the business community,” he added.