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Friday, March 19, 2010

Meghalaya police officer joins militant group

SHILLONG, March 18: A Deputy Superintendent of Police in Meghalaya has gone missing and has allegedly joined the militant Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA), a police official said. Champion R Sangma was posted as assistant commandant of 2nd Meghalaya Police battalion at Goeragre in the State's West Garo Hills district when he went missing.

"We have served notice to him for being absent from duty for a very long time. His salary has been stopped," Director General of Police SB Kakati told IANS.

"We are making inquiries about Champion. We are hearing (he has joined a militant outfit) and waiting for the report," Kakati added.

A senior Garo rebel leader claimed that Champion was now "commander-in-chief" of GNLA, whose cadres are deserters, mostly from the Achik National Volunteers Council (ANVC) and Liberation of Achik Elite Force (LAEF).  The GNLA is under the police scanner for serving extortion notes, ranging from Rs 5 lakh to Rs 1 crore, to petrol pump owners, coal dealers and businessmen in the coal-rich districts of Garo Hills. (IANS)

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