SHILLONG, Dec 02: Surrendering before the 58 Battalion BSF at Tura, a senior cadre of the proscribed Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) has said that the constant harassment that his family members were facing had led him to part ways with militancy and the GNLA.
David Ch. Marak who had earlier held command of the outfit’s activities in West Khasi Hills (WKH) district said that his family members were constantly being harassed by Meghalaya Police personnel which had caused him immense angst.
He also expressed disillusionment over the fact that the GNLA movement for a separate homeland was not materializing.
24 year old Marak who had joined the outfit in October 2015 had undergone training in Garo hills. He surrendered a Chinese made sniper rifle and 106 rounds of live ammunition. He said that in his two year struggle with the outfit he has never came in contact with the commander-in-chief of the GNLA, Sohan D. Shira.
Meanwhile, the commandant of the 58th battalion of the Border Security Force (BSF) in Tura, N Ganguly said that Marak had been motivated by BSF personnel to leave the insurgent movement and come forward to join the national mainstream.
“The BSF will support him in his endeavour so that he can leave a normal life once again,” Ganguly said.