FROM OUR STAFF CORRESPONDENT
SHILLONG, May 11: Meghalaya Police have launched massive operations in South Garo Hills district to apprehend the retreating cadres of the Garo tiol Liberation Army (GNLA). Fresh companies of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) known as the CoBRA and equipped with Laser pointing guns, Night Vision devices and UBGS have arrived in the district to aid the Police special group involved in counter insurgency operations.
The GNLA cadres that have retreated inside the thick jungles of South Garo Hills after being flushed out from Dura range are split into three groups. One is led by the self Styled Commander-in-Chief (C-In-C) of the outfit Sohan D Shira and the other two groups are being led by Hedeo and Baichung, informed a well placed police source who is involved in the operations against the GNLA.
Disclosing this, the source said that the number of cadres under Hedeo and Baichung should be less than 25 while Sohan D Shira has a team of trusted cadres that should not be more than eight. The Deputy Commander-in-Chief Rupanto is suspected to have another group of not less than four.
After the surrender of three important functiories of the outfit along with 56 odd well trained cadres in the past one week, primarily due to the sustained operations known as Hill storm-3, even the other cadres are under tremendous pressure to give up.
Superintendent of Police, South Garo Hills And Mishra while quoting inputs gathered from the villages told the Sentinel on Wednesday, “We have learnt that the cadres are literally begging for food from the villagers. They have no shoes or even proper clothing,” Mishra stated, while confirming that the intensive operations carried out is on the specific areas that we knew where they have taken refuge.
Meanwhile, the initiatives taken by the Church bodies and civil societies to convince some cadres to surrender is expected to fructify in few days time, another source said, virtually confirming the state DGP Rajeev Mehta’s statement to The Sentinel , “you will see some more surrender in the coming weeks.”