‘Spl strategy needed to deal with GNLA’

SHILLONG: The State Government has underlined the need for devising strong strategies to counter the activities of the Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA).

Talking to media persons here on Tuesday, Chief Secretary WMS Pariat asserted that the State police was working in difficult terrain to nab the GNLA militants.

“Their (GNLA) information network is very strong,” Pariat added.

The Chief Secretary, however, refused to provide any details on whether additional force was being pressed into the ongoing counter-insurgency operation in Garo Hills.

The demand for additional force was raised following the abduction of two MeECL junior engineers from near Tura last week, who are still under the captivity of the militant outfit.

Presently, the Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) team of the State police along with CoBRA, a special arm of the CRPF is involved in the anti-insurgency operation in the jungles of Garo Hills to flush out the militants.

Pariat also refrained from making any comments about the reason put forward by the GNLA for the abduction, saying that the Government was against publicizing or listing the works being done in the State.

Meanwhile, a senior police official, while requesting anonymity, on Tuesday said that police have got some leads into the abduction of the two engineers.

The police official also clarified that so far there has been no demand for ransom by the GNLA.

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