GNLA shopping photograph embarrass state police

Posted in March 2012

Staff Reporter
SHILLONG, March 28:
The photographs of Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) cadres openly shopping at Daranggiri market, Goalpara district, Assam has become a subject of big embarrassment to Meghalaya security forces.
Despite repeated claims from the Home Minister and police DGP, the photographs published Wednesday have clearly put the state police department at stake, while general public is a shock. They are shocked at the way militants are moving freely across the interstate border, lashed with arms and ammunitions, and even the locals from other state seem to have been cooperative.
Sources revealed that DGP Wednesday has summoned the IGP and SPs of Garo Hills, seeking an explanation on the photographs and how the whole event took place without coming to the notice of police.
Meghalaya has repeatedly asserted that police patrolling along the interstate borders have been beefed up while joint patrolling and exercises are common. Yet, added with the intelligence inputs, the security scenario along the borders seems to be lax.
In the photograph published, about 5-6 cadres of GNLA were seen to have bought buckets and other items from the market Tuesday last week.
With the state intelligence network beefed up and spread across the state, the fact that the cadres are in uniform along with arms, have raised questions on the veracity of government’s claim.

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