Meghalaya fights rebels as Centre dispatches force
According to agency reports, East Garo Hills SP Davis NR Marak said that security forces have busted the GNLA camp. He said the gun battle was continuing till late on Thursday evening. However, the militants managed to give the security forces the slip.
As the encounter continued till the filing of this report, the number of casualty, if any, could not be ascertained.
Meanwhile, taking a tough stand against the worsening law and order situation in the Garo Hills, the Central government rushed 1,000 para-military force personnel to Meghalaya and also sought a report from the state government. Union minister of state for home Kiren Rijiju spoke to chief minister Mukul Sangma and urged him to take strong action against the militants.
The 35-year-old woman was shot six times through the head at point blank range with an automatic assault rifle outside her home, the police had said. They said the woman’s five children, locked up in the house along with their father by the assailants, first saw them assault their mother and then blow her head off.
There has been outrage in the country and globally after two young girls were gang-raped and found hanging from a tree in Uttar Pradesh last week.
Local journalists received an email purportedly sent by the Garo National Liberation Army claiming responsibility for the woman’s murder. The email claimed that the woman was a police informer and had given information to cops about some high profile members of the outfit.
It also threatened the journalists with dire consequences for reporting the murder, promising retaliation.