Guwahati, January 11 : One hardcore militant belonging to Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) was killed during a gun fight with security forces in Meghalaya’s East Garo Hills district on Thursday, officials said.
Based on intelligence input about presence of a militant group, the troops of East Garo Hills district and army had jointly launched operation at Kakwaduragre area in the district.
“When the troops had reached the area, the militants had fired upon the troops and retaliated following militants act. One militant was killed on spot and other members of the group had managed to flee from the remote area,” a top police official said.
The slain militant was identified as Matchalang M Sangma and he was a close associate of GNLA C-in-C Sohan D Shira.
Security personnel had recovered one AK-56 rifle, 97 rounds live ammunition and several warlike stores from the encounter spot.
GNLA is active in Meghalaya and some parts of lower Assam.
(Reporting by Hemanta Kumar Nath)