Shillong: A breakaway faction of a Meghalaya militant unit claiming to be championing the cause of Garos, is demanding funds from its parent unit, which is in ceasefire with the government.
Sohan D Shira, the “c-in-c” of the nascent Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) has demanded funds from the Achik National Volunteers Council (ANVC) from which it broke away, saying that whatever money was collected over the years belonged to it, police sources said.
Shira who was earlier a top leader of the ANVC and had deserted the ceasefire group with weapons to float the new outfit, claimed the GNLA had now taken over the `struggle for liberating the Garos`.
Claiming that ANVC cadre were helping the police in identifying GNLA hideouts and informing the police, the militants have been sending sms and making threatening calls to the ANVC cadre, the sources said.
In a statement to a local daily a couple of days ago, Shira had said, "since Meghalaya police has failed to locate our camps, they are now using the ANVC. If the ANVC continues to do so, we will not keep quiet."
A police spokesman said that the developments were
being monitored closely, but the ANVC has not filed any FIR so
The GNLA, led by Champion Sangma, a former DSP of Meghalaya Police who turned rogue, is involved in a number of kidnapping and extortion cases in Garo hills.
The ANVC formed in December 1995 had entered into a tripartite ceasefire agreement on July 23, 2004 and the cadre are.