Power dept engineers released by GNLA



Shillong: Two power department engineers, abducted by Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA), were released late Saturday night after 12 days at a jungle near their official quarters in West Garo Hills district, police said on Sunday.

"The two officials were released late last night at around 10.30 pm and no harm was done to them," Meghalaya Director General of Police (DGP) N Ramachandran said.

Police said the condemnation of the abduction from all quarters had caused the outfit to release unconditionally the two Meghalaya Energy Corporation engineers – A Pohthmi and B Majaw at a jungle near their official quarters at Rongkhon, 7 km from the Tura, the district headquarter.

Three power engineers were abducted on January 24 by AK47 toting cadres of the GNLA to protest against alleged poor power connectivity in the three districts of the Garo Hills. One of them was later released.

The GNLA, deemed as a terrorist outfit by the Centre on January 12, is demanding Garoland and withdrawal of security forces from the three districts.

Formed by a former deputy superintendent of police Pakchara R Sangma alias Champion R Sangma, the outfit has been involved in abduction, killing and extortion in the three Garo Hills districts.

PTI