Following the reports of one Jingjang D Shira claiming himself to be the new ‘chief executive director’ of the Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) and that 500 cadres were being trained at Rengdim in West Khasi Hills bordering East Garo Hills and South Garo Hills, three person surrendered on May 28.
In a press statement, the police informed that it has been ascertained that there is no GNLA regrouping effort as such and the three persons allegedly committed the act to create fear psychosis in the general public to extort money from businessmen etc.
“It is suspected that some more persons might have been involved in the act and investigation is under way to unearth the whole conspiracy,” V S Rathore, Superintendent of Police (SP), West Garo Hills, Tura informed.
The trio were identified as Namchang Ch Momin aka Jingjang D Shira (22) from Darangagre village; Adot M Sangma (26) from Ganipara village and Silwit R Marak (26) Nalnapara village, all under Dalu police station, in West Garo Hills district.
Rathore informed that after the report surfaced, a counter-insurgency operation was launched and while the police team was on the way to Darangagre village, information was received from Kherapara outpost that all above-named persons had surrendered there.
The team then returned to Kherapara outpost and interviewed all the three persons.
Subsequently, a house search was conducted at the residence of Jingjang D Shira and several incriminating materials such as camouflage uniform, boots etc were recovered and duly seized.
Rathore also said that Meghalaya police is making all possible efforts to thwart any attempt of militants regrouping.
The SP also appealed to members of the general public that if any person receives any information related to militancy, it should be informed to the local police station immediately.
“We will act on all such information and suitably reward the person giving information without disclosing his/her identity,” Rathore said.
He also said that militancy has been controlled with a lot of sacrifice and any effort to destroy this hard-earned peace will be countered as per law and all such efforts will be nipped in the bud.