GNLA member killed, camp busted

Shillong, Jan 26 (IANS) Security forces Wednesday busted a training camp of the Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) in Meghalaya, killing a guerrilla and arresting three others, police said.

A special operation team backed by the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) raided the camp in East Garo Hills district, police said.

‘A GNLA cadre was killed in the encounter while three others were arrested,’ Additional Director General Rajiv Mehta told IANS. Mehta said a number of weapons and explosives were seized from the camp.

The GNLA, which is fighting for a ‘sovereign Garoland’ in the western area of Meghalaya, is headed by Champion R. Sangma, a policeman-turned-rogue.

The cadres are mostly deserters from the National Democratic Front of Bodoland, Achik National Volunteers Council and Liberation of Achik Elite Force.