Shillong: Four militants, including a
self-proclaimed ‘deputy commander-in-chief’ of a Garo militant
outfit were killed in a gunfight with Meghalaya Police
commandos in the state’s East Garo Hills district early on Tuesday.
Two other militants escaped during the operation,
DIG (Western Range) GHP Raju said.
From the encounter spot, the commandos recovered one
grenade launcher with five cells, one AK-81 series rifle and
another MKS assault rifle, five Chinese grenades, two
high-explosive grenades, one pistol and over 300 rounds of AK
and INSAS ammunition and important documents, the DIG said.
Acting on a tip-off, a team of SWAT commandos launched
an operation in the Bolkinggre forests, about 5 km from the
district headquarter town of Williamnagar late last night.
Around 2 AM this morning, the Garo National Liberation
Army (GNLA) militants fired at the commandos and in the
ensuing gunfight, which lasted for over an hour, four of the
militants were shot dead, he said.