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UALA militant escapes from Tura Civil Hospital

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SHILLONG, June 23: An Under - Trial Prisoner (UTP) identified as  United A’chik Liberation Army (UALA) militant Rex Miller R. Sangma escaped from a government hospital in Tura on Monday leading to the suspension of seven constables.
Rex Miller R. Sangma, a known arms supplier for UALA, was arrested on June 18 from Kharkutta in North Garo Hills after another UALA militant, Grikseng Sangma, who had been arrested from his house in Araimile locality, provided information to the police.
At the time of his escape, he was on a five day police remand.

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Balsan’s custodial death row: Photo in custody surfaces, date of arrest becomes contentious

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TURA, June 22: The Balsan S Marak custodial death case, which led to the region rising up in protest, is still fresh in the minds of the people of the region, with most promising to keep the fire of protest burning. The death of Balsan opened a can of worms, some of which have the potential to take down many police personnel. With the High Court summoning the police personnel who allegedly had a hand in the torture and subsequent death after the case filed by the parents, things are set to heat up even further.
New information has now come to the fore which could turn the case completely upside down against the accused police personnel.

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Garo Hills kidnapping spree: Is the coal mining ban to blame

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TURA, June 22: The increasing number of kidnapping cases in the Garo Hills region has made most fear venturing out of their homes. While, there may be reasons for the increasing kidnapping activities, the thought that has now come forward is that the National Green Tribunal (NGT) ban on rat hole mining, may have led to the increase even as militants try to make up for the loss of a regular income source which the coal trade was providing.
The towns of Nongalbibra, Jadi and others through which the supply of coal was the main lifeline, now wear a deserted look as the once thriving markets are empty now with hardly any vehicle movement.

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GHSMC opposes proposed ‘disturbed area’ status for Garo Hills

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TURA, June 21: The Garo Hills State Movement Committee (GHSMC) in a letter to the Chief Minister of Meghalaya, Dr. Mukul Sangma, has urged the government to ensure that the Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) is also present at the peace table for lasting peace within the region. The GHSMC has also opposed the statement of the government to tag the Garo Hills region as a ‘disturbed area’ saying that such a move will increase the hardships faced by the people.
“We are aware about the mushrooming of insurgent groups in the state and that the top priority of the government is to put a stop to the killings and kidnappings that have rocked the region,” said the general secretary of the GHSMC, Augustine Marak.

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AJYWO calls for halt to issuing of Trading Licenses to outsiders

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SHILLONG, June 22: The All Jaintia Youth Welfare Organization (AJYWO) has demanded that the Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council (JHADC) should stop issuing of trading license and renewal of the same to non – indigenous people so that the indigenous people of Jaintia Hills can take up business as a way of earning livelihood especially in the present times of financial crisis in light of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) ban on coal mining activities.

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Teacher fails students for refusing to stay in his hostel

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IMPHAL, June 21: For the sole reason of refusing to stay in his boarding, a teacher in Manipur has allegedly thrown away the answer scripts of five students and replaced them with blank sheets of paper with forged names of the students as answer scripts to show the five students did not answer in a particular subject in the High School Leaving Certificate (HSLC) examination conducted by Board of Secondary Education, Manipur (BOSEM) this year.
The results declared these five students of Irabot High School got zero marks in the Manipuri subjects.
Maibam Priya, Th Sanju, Naorem Chanchan, Laishram Ichal and P Sonia refused to stay at the hostel run by Arts graduate teacher Thangjam Joykumar at Ukhongsang in Thoubal district.

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Kidnapping spree continues: Assam businessmen kidnapped in WGH

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TURA, June 21: The spate of kidnappings in the Garo Hills region continues unabated in spite of the police doing its best to put a stop to the menace. It has now been reported that two Assam based businessman who sell sugar in the weekly haats around the region were kidnapped by unidentified militants in Rimrangpara, near Barengapara, about 50 kms from the district headquarters of Tura.

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