Meghalaya govt working on strategy to deal with Garo ultras

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Shillong, Jan 30: Following the demand of insurgent outfit Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) to withdraw security forces from Garo Hills region, the Meghalaya government Monday said it was working on a strategy to deal with them.
“We are working on a strategy to deal with the militants and the government will take a re-look into deployment of security forces (in three Garo Hills districts),” Chief Secretary W M S Pariat said.
Stating that the government was not thinking of deploying the Army in Garo Hills at the moment, Pariat said, it would be dealt with the existing forces.
The government move came in the wake of GNLA’s demand to withdraw security forces from Garo Hills from carrying out anti-insurgency operations against them.
Special Weapons And Tactics team of the state police and the Combat Battalion for Resoulte Action (CoBRA) of the CrPF are on operation to secure release of two power department engineers abducted by the GNLA last week.
Meanwhile, the GNLA has warned all its cadres not to surrender before the police.
The GNLA, which is fighting for a sovereign Garoland for the Garos, has also warned government officers not to take bribe while serving the people.
Formed by former Deputy Superintendent of Police Pakchara R Sangma alias Champion R Sangma, the outfit has been involved in abduction, killing and extortion in the three Garo districts of Western Meghalaya.


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