Garo militant group chairman killed in encounter

The outfit was floated by a former Meghalaya Police commando Peter Marak, who was killed by the police.

Last Updated: Dec 02, 2010, 20:34 PM IST

Shillong: In a major breakthrough, Nikson
G Momin, the self-styled chairman of the Garo militant outfit
Liberation Achik Elite Force (LAEF) was killed in an encounter
with security forces in Meghalaya`s East Garo Hills district
in the early hours on Thursday.

On a tip-off, a special Meghalaya police team combed the
Rongsak area during which militants fired at them leading to a
fierce encounter at Darugree at around 3:00 AM in which Nikson
alias Dilkam and his personal security officer Rakpat were
killed, Superintendent of police Sylvester Nongtnger said.

A grenade was hurled at the police vehicle, but it did
not explode, while 28 rounds were exchanged in 15 minutes
between the two sides, the SP said. Two cadre managed to
escape.

Two pistols, one grenade and some documents were found
from the slain rebels, Chief Minister Mukul Sangma said making
a suo moto statement at the Assembly after the incident.

LAEF, a Garo rebel group, floated in 2005 for fighting
for a separate Achik (Garo) land has been engaged in extortion
and kidnapping in the Garo hills.

The outfit was floated by a former Meghalaya Police
commando Peter Marak, who was killed by the police.

Arrested LAEF cadre have revealed that the NSCN-IM had
provided the outfit with AK-47s, automatic M20 pistols and
Universal Machine Guns besides hand grenades.

Most of the top leaders of the group have been
eliminated by the police.

PTI