TURA, Aug 19: In a major bust, the West Garo Hills (WGH) police on Tuesday nabbed two hardcore militants of the United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA) of the Drishti Rajkhowa group in the early morning hours from Chandmari, Tura. While one was nabbed when he arrived from Bajengdoba in a public vehicle, the second was caught on information provided by the first.
Worryingly, the two apprehended cadres, according to the police, were in Tura to set off a bomb blast as one of the apprehended cadres was involved in the blast in Krishnai Police Station about 3 weeks ago.
SHILLONG, Aug 19: The Chief Executive Member (CEM) of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) Ardent M Basaiawmoit on Tuesday urged militants to surrender their arms but not to give up their struggle by taking the right path.
“I have always appealed to our youths to surrender their arms but not to give up their struggle,” Basaiawmoit said.
According to him, there are other paths of struggle to achieve an objective.
Stating that the recent offer made by the proscribed Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) is quite welcoming, he said, “I am happy of such a decision coming from the outfit which will give reason for our society to have hope for lasting peace in the state.”
BSF denies arms shipments from across international border
SHILLONG, Aug 19: Downplaying the claims made by State government, the Border Security Force (BSF) Tuesday categorically denied any nexus of Meghalaya based militant outfits with Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) as it also maintained that there are no arms smuggling taking place from across the International Indo-Bangladesh border.
Speaking to reporters at the sideline of a function, DIG(G) of BSF Sushil Kumar Singh said, “As per our intelligence, there is no nexus between the ISI and militant outfits in Meghalaya including those operating in the Garo Hills region.”
The statement by BSF officials came following the claims made by Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma that the breakaway faction of A’chik National Volunteer Council (ANVC-B) has links with the ISI to create communal tension in the state and NE region by indulging in selective killings.
UBC charged with criminal conspiracy, arrested
TURA, Aug 18: The two hard core militants of the newly formed A’chik National Cooperative Army (ANCA) caught by the Assam police on Saturday, managed to escape from Meghalaya police custody on Monday morning. The two militants, gang leader William Sangma and his accomplice Jiten Lyngdoh were able to escape from the Mendhipathar Police Station when an Unarmed Branch Constable (UBC) Jajeng Marak opened the lockup door without any precaution. The two overpowered him and made their escape.
Sangma and Lyngdoh were caught on Saturday by the Assam police near Agia in Goalpara and were handed over to the North Garo Hills (NGH) police late Sunday evening. They escaped from police custody at about 7:20 am on Monday morning.
Imphal, Aug 19 (IANS): A Manipur Court Tuesday asked the state government to release activist Irom Sharmila Chanu, on indefinite fast for over 13 years, in an order which was cheered by Amnesty International and other rights groups in India's northeast.
The Court order came following a petition filed by the human rights defender Sharmila.
Dismissing the Manipur government's charge that Sharmila was attempting to commit suicide by fasting, Manipur East District and Sessions Court Judge A. Guneshwar Sharma, who ordered her release, said there was no material to establish that the woman activist has ever said she was fasting unto death except for the mere allegation contained in the FIR and chargesheet and the uncorroborated news reports.
TURA, Aug 19: One of the two escaped A’chik National Cooperative Army (ANCA) militants was on Tuesday caught by vigilant villagers of the Niyapali, near Damas, along the Assam-Meghalaya border. The escaped militant, identified as Jiten Lyngdoh was nabbed when he was trying to escape through the village after an alert for his capture was made by the Assam and Meghalaya police. He was caught at about 12:30 PM on Tuesday afternoon.
However, he was thoroughly beaten up by villagers before being handed over to North Garo Hills (NGH) police and was taken to the Mendipathar PHC so that his injuries could be attended to.
NONGSTOIN, Aug 18: The Khasi Students Union (KSU) Lyngngam Hynneng Brei Area Unit along with the Nongtre Lyngngam Achik Youth Federation (NLAYF) held a meeting at Umdang village of Shallang area on Saturday last and decided to issue a 10-day deadline for outsiders to leave Shallang area before the organizations initiate action against them.
NLAYF president, Shainingstar K. Dewsaw said that the presence of outsiders in the area has spoiled the peace and tranquility of the people living in the said area and even the society as a whole as many unwanted incidents have happened in the area due to the presence of these outsiders.