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Farewell to arms UALA to disband today

STAFF CORRESPONDENT

SHILLONG, June 8: The stage is set for the disbandment of the rebel outfit United Achik Liberation Army (UALA) on Thursday at Tura in West Garo Hills.

The self-styled commander-in-chief (C-In-C) of the outfit Norok Momin, who was literally bargaining for dropping the charges against him for his alleged involvement in gruesome killings, filly agreed to the terms set by the Government.

Sources told The Sentinel that ULLA rebels based in Garo Hills have deposited two AK rifles, one mortar, one light machine gun, some pistols bore rifles and a huge cache of ammunitions to police today for the formal handing over of the arms to government before the Chief Minister at the disbanding ceremony on Thursday.

Interestingly, out of the 46 odd cadres of the outfit that were initially listed, the number has swollen due to the surrender of the civilian cadres on Wednesday.

The number has risen to 65 which include the over ground cadres that were part of the activities assigned by the self-styled C-in-C of UALA.

As reported earlier by this newspaper, the intelligence sources suggested that they have nearly a dozen of sophisticated AK rifles but until the late compilations, all of them seem to be missing.  

Is the UALA leadership hiding those arms elsewhere?

The now-disbanded ANVC and ANVC (B) cadres were found to have hidden some of their arms before the police unearthed them.

Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma along with the Home Minister Roshan warjri, MLAs and top Police officials will attend the disbanding ceremony. As reported earlier, the Government will not give any leeway to anybody in the organization who has been found to have been involved in crimil activities. The chairman of the outfit, Novembirth Marak was arrested twice and a case was registered against him is on, sources said.