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Extortion notices served in South Garo Hills

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  12 March 2015 12:00 AM GMT


SHILLONG, March 11: Fear has gripped government employees and businessmen in South Garo Hills district after the militant outfits comprising the GNLA and the ASAK served demand notes through SMSs and hard copies to them in the past two weeks.

Top officials in the district administration as well as the Police said that the government employees have received the extortion notices in the garb of a call for a dotion. The Director General of Police (DGP) Rajiv Mehta was briefed about the situation on Tuesday during his hours of camping in Baghmara.

The anxiety of the government employees has reached to a level where they either abstain from duties or rushed back and reached Tura town by nightfall. Maximum of them have not even informed the Police due to fear of repercussion from the militant outfits.

Going as per the well informed source, ASAK has distributed the maximum number of demand notices to government employees. Even as the Police put in place a crack team to b the alleged extortionist, the constraints in the victims lies in the fear of being targeted by the two militant outfits that are operating in the areas operating the two adjoining districts of the state.

The ASAK modus operandi has reached as far as the intertiol border areas located in Maheskhola and Himagar area, while the GNLA is confined in Baghmara and it’s adjoining area. Well informed source of The Sentinel however pondered on how the small and sparsely a district of South Garo hill is an area of operations for the two rival factions. ASAK is a breakaway faction of the GNLA and both of them are in a turf war.

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