Shillong, Feb 26 (IANS): Meghalaya's Special Force-10 (SF-10) commandos have shot dead a militant leader, wanted in killings of two Meghalaya jail officials and seven Assam tribesmen, a police official said on Sunday.
Singbirth N. Marak alias Norrok X. Momin, a former military wing chief of the United A'chik Liberation Army (UALA), was killed and four or five of his followers were injured in a fierce gunfight on Saturday, a police official said.
One AK-rifle, one pistol and a grenade were recovered from the gunbattle site.
Based on intelligence inputs, the commandos raided Matronggre forested area, 11 km of Resubelpara, the headquarters of North Garo Hills district, about 315 km west of Meghalaya state capital of Shillong.
"The gunfight began when the armed militants fired at the commandos and refused to surrender," Dalton P. Marak, the district police chief of North Garo Hills, informed over phone.
Norrok, who earlier surrendered before Chief Minister Mukul Sangma, was on the run after the government decided to take action against him for the killings of two Williamnagar prisons officials in East Garo Hills in 2010 and of seven Rabha tribesmen in Assam's Goalapara district in 2013.