SHILLONG, Aug 07: Meghalaya police is cautiously and effectively resisting any move of militant groups from outside the state which are trying to get a footing in the Garo Hills region of the state.
On August 4 militants from Assam’s NDFB outfit had planned to set up an extortion racket in the Garo Hills when their hideout was busted by East Garo Hills (EGH) police. The mastermind of the group was former GNLA commander Grikseng N Sangma alias Rimpu, who had invited the NDFB to operate in the Garo Hills region.
When asked about how alarming this trend is, the temporary DGP of the state, Raghvendra Awasthi said that this is not much of a concern and as far the border areas of the state is concerned they are attentive, cautious and resisting effectively and it has not affected the normal activities of the citizens.
He also said that there are certain issues which arise out of the contiguity of geographical areas and on the map there may be different state but for a person moving around that proximity enables them to move from point A to B.
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 the Garo National Liberation Army (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 had come down drastically.
Earlier, the former Director General of Police, SB Singh had stated that the state 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 and is also keeping a strict vigil and check on neutralizing the chances of their resurgence.