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Meghalaya HC refuses to interfere in detention of militant

Last Updated: Thursday, June 13, 2013 - 16:46

Shillong: The Meghalaya High Court on Thursday refused to interfere in a state government order detaining Garo Militant Chief Champion Sangma under the Meghalaya Prevention Detention Act (MPDA).

In his judgement, Justice S R Sen said the High Court will not interfere in the MPDA order of the district administration under which Sangma had been booked.

Sangma was booked under MPDA by the East Garo Hills district administration in January this year.

Today`s order came as a blow to the GNLA Chief as the High Court had last month set aside an MPDA order issued by the West Garo hills district administration, saying the authorities had failed to get the approval of the state government.
Under the State Act, a person is detained for a maximum period of three years and the accused can get bail only after an advisory board of the government decides on the matter.

Sangma headed an armed militant outfit, the Garo National Liberation Army which is in operation in at least five Garo Hills districts in Meghalaya before he was detained in Bangladesh and pushed back to India last year where he was subsequently arrested and charged for waging war against the nation.

Sources close to the family of the jailed Militant Chief said that they would file an appeal with a higher court challenging the order.
Formed in late 2010, the GNLA was recognised as a terror organisation by the Centre last year for carrying out outlawed activities like extortion, abduction and killing of both civilians and paramilitary forces.


First Published: Thursday, June 13, 2013 - 16:46
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