Shillong: Former deputy chief minister and working president of the Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) Deborah Marak, had a narrow escape when heavily armed tribal Garo rebels fired in the air at a public meeting in her constituency in Meghalaya`s East Garo Hills district, police said on Sunday.
"Heavily armed militants suspected to be those of the break-away-faction of the Achik National Volunteer Council (ANVC) came to the public function at a village under Williamnagar area, had an altercation with Marak and fired several rounds in the air last evening," district administrator Vijay Mantri told a news agency.
He said, the reason behind their attack is yet to be ascertained.
The incident took place at around 4:30 PM last evening when Marak was distributing prizes for a football tournament involving several teams from the constituency, police said.
Marak who did not take security cover, sustained injuries in her legs and knees while fleeing from the area.
The breakaway faction of the militant organisation had threatened legislators in the Garo Hills region of dire consequences if they hold public meeting without their permission.