In South Garo district today in the early morning at around 1:45AM, five labourers were shot dead by suspected Garo National Liberation Army ( GNLA ) millitants at Gokha coal depot, about 10 km from Baghmara, the district headquarter.
According to police sources, Four of the labourers Rambadan Yadav from Uttar Pradesh, Suhagin and Habibul from Assam and Nur Mohammad from Meghalaya were killed on the spot while another labourer Jamin from Assam succumbed to his injuries at hospital.
Another injured labourer, Rakib Miya, from Assam was rushed to Tura Civil Hospital. He sustained bullet injuries in the indiscriminate fire by suspected Nine millitants using sophisticated arms like AK-47 rifles.
Locals said the reason for the attack could be extortion, while police felt it could be aimed at creating fear among the public by the nascent militant outfit floated by a deserter deputy superintendent of police Champion Sangma.
Security forces have rushed to the spot and a combing operation has been launched to nab the militants.
Self-styled ‘C-in-C’ of the Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) Sohan D Shira called up media persons in Shillong and claimed his outfit had no hand in the killing. ( Source : Eastern Mirror )
Since last few weeks, this is fourth incidents in North East India when insurgent groups have struck resulting in death of innocent civilians as well as security personals. Anti-talk factions of ULFA and NDFB, KPLT in Karbi Aglong Districts and now GNLA in Meghalaya have carried out terrorist activities.