Militancy contained in Meghalaya; sustainable peace the next challenge

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Front Page

Staff Reporter
SHILLONG, July 01: Meghalaya police have contained the operations of the once dreaded and banned Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA), Hynniewtrep National Awakening Council (HNLC) and the ULFA (Independent) in the western part of the state while also keeping a strict vigil and check on neutralizing the chances of their resurgence.
Director General of Police (DGP), SB Singh said that as far as the GNLA operations are concerned in the Western part of the state, the police have effectively contained them and their chapter is close.

He however acknowledged that one or two cadres of the GNLA have fled to Bangladesh and has no senior cadre.
The DGP also pointed out that with the GNLA successfully contained, the ULFA (Independent) - a close aid of the GNLA, has also been contained and has no footing in the region.
Taking about the HNLC, the DGP said that the activities of the HNLC too have been contained for a very long time and they have some cadres in Bangladesh who comes on social media sometimes.
He added that the cyber cell of the police department are on it and is actively monitoring them in social media.
The Garo Hills region of the state was once a hot bed of terror activities until recently when many surrendered while few like the commander in chief of GNLA, Sohan D Shira was killed by the police. Following his death the terror activities of the GNLA and other militant outfits active in the region have come down drastically. 
While talking about the prevailing situation, the DGP did not fall short of praising and appreciating the efforts of the public, church leaders and Civil Societies in working together with the police to bring about sustainable peace in the terror torn region of the state.


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