Last rung of LAEF militants surrender

Five top cadres of the Liberation Achik Elite Force (LAEF), believed to be in the last rung surrendered before police in Meghalaya with arms and ammunition.

Updated: Dec 16, 2010, 20:38 PM IST

Shillong: Ending another case of armed
struggle in the Northeast, five top cadres of the Liberation
Achik Elite Force (LAEF), believed to be in the last rung,
Thursday surrendered before police in Meghalaya with arms and
ammunition.

Ramosh Sangma, Raksimbirth Sangma, Ninja Momin, Akosh
Momin and Tangrik Sangma surrendered at Williamnagar in East
Garo Hills district, police said.

They deposited one pistol, one hand grenade, a crude
bomb, a country-made rifle, 10 live ammunition of MMG and
letter pads.

"With this surrender, all cadres of the outfit have
either surrendered, arrested or eliminated. The group is
finished," ADG (special branch) S K Jain said.

On December 2, Nikson G Momin, the self-styled
`chairman` of the Garo militant outfit and his personal
security officer was gunned down by security forces in an
encounter.

LAEF, a Garo rebel group, was floated in 2005 with an
objective of fighting for a separate Achik (Garo) land. They
have been engaged in rampant extortion and kidnappings in the
Garo hills belt of Meghalaya.

The outfit was floated by a former Meghalaya Police
commando Peter Marak who was gunned down by police later.

As per interrogation statement of some arrested LAEF
cadres, the NSCN-IM had provided the outfit with AK-47s,
automatic M20 pistols and powerful Universal Machine Guns
besides hand grenades.

PTI