Shillong: A heavy exchange of fire took place on Monday between security forces and the Achik Matgrik Elite Force militants, who were behind the recent kidnapping of four traders in Meghalaya's East Garo Hills district, police said.
However, there was nor report of any casualty or injury.
Acting on a tip-off on the presence of Achik Matgrik Elite Force (AMEF) militants, a joint police team from East Garo Hills and West Khasi Hills districts went to Pakgregittim under Rongjeng police station, district police chief Davis Marak told PTI.
On seeing the policemen, around 10-15 AMEF militants started firing.
"There was a heavy exchange of fire between our boys and the militants who then fled taking advantage of the thick jungle," the SP said.
A walkie talkie, three mobile phones and some documents were recovered from the site of the operation.
Marak said the AMEF militants led by its deputy chief Goran, had kidnapped four traders from Mangsang area but were later released.
Meanwhile, the police have arrested a resident of the village in connection with the kidnapping case and for allegedly harbouring the militants.
"He used to bring food and utilities to both the people kidnapped as well as the militants," he said.