Tura, Dec 11: A police convoy was ambushed by suspected GNLA militants at about 11:30 am on Wednesday morning, following which a Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) commando was injured.
The incident happened at a place called Dobakkol, Nagadipo in the South Garo Hills region.
Williamnagar, Dec 11: The fight against the biggest militant group in Meghalaya received a huge fillip with the capture of the GNLA HQ in the fringes of the Durama Hills, near Adugri village in East Garo Hills (EGH) on Tuesday. The SWAT teams of South and East Garo Hills, with active support provided by other units launched an attack on the main GNLA camp and dispersed everyone gathered there. Although there were no reports of anyone killed, quite a few militants suffered injuries, some very seriously.
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Tura, Dec 11: The scepter of festivities continued through the Garo Hills region with the 120 Drums Wangala Festival held at Tikrikilla, West Garo Hills, on Tuesday. The event which was held at the Tikrikilla HS School field saw a crowd of more than 3000 come and view the teams on show displaying their expertise at the dance form.
The event was graced by the presence of the Sports and Youth Affairs Minister, Zenith Sangma, the Deputy Commissioner of West Garo Hills, Pravin Bakshi as well as the local MLA, Michael Sangma.
SHILLONG, Dec 10: The Meghalaya Government is seeking additional time to take a decision to ban sale and manufacture of Gutka in Meghalaya, but in the meantime has increased the tax on tobacco and tobacco products by 6.5 percent.
Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma said that the health department has “sought some more time” to decide on the ban of Gutka, but the Cabinet cleared a decision to increase tax on tobacco and tobacco products from 13.5 to 20 percent.
Dr Sangma said the decision on the ban of Gutka could not be taken as there was some confusion on the composition of Gutka, mouth fresheners and Pan Masalas. “The health department wants to further study on the matter as the ban should be on mouth-fresheners mixed with tobacco products,” he said.
Shillong, Dec 11: The ANVC(B) has claimed that the state government is deliberately trying to provoke the outfit.
Citing a case, Publicity Secretary of the outfit, Doang D Shira, said two Police vehicles doing random checking outside their camp just after they made public statement on negligence of the Government is a clear sign of open provocation and intended attempt to disrupt the festive mood of their cadres.
Tura, Dec 10: In a major setback for the nefarious Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA), the general headquarter of the outfit was busted in Durama Hills, East Garo Hills, on Tuesday and two of its cadres killed and another two seriously injured in a joint operation by local police and Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) commandoes.
The attack was also a huge success due to the cache of arms that was recovered from the site.
SHILLONG, Dec 10: Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma Tuesday said there is evil design and conspiracy behind the recent allegations that the Meghalaya Prevention Detention Act (MPDA) and Meghalaya Maintenance Public Order (MMPO) are ‘draconian laws’ to create confusion, public anger and law and order chaos in the state.
“If the intentions are actually to create confusion and law and order situation then it can be considered as criminal conspiracy,” Dr Sangma said here while reacting to the campaign to challenge the draconian laws launched by social activists in the state.