Six militants of the Meghalaya militant group Achik National Liberation Army (ANLA), including the Commander-in-Chief were apprehended by security forces in Guwahati, capital city of Assam on Tuesday, officials said.
The militants were captured at the Guwahati railway station, in the Panbazar and Paltan Bazar area in the city.
The members of the militant group came from various areas of Meghalaya. George Sangma hailed from Baithalangso Melapara Satgaon area, Alanson Sangma from Baithalangso Magurmari area, Emprosh Arengh from Meghalaya’s Dainadubi Namerin area and Samir Kumar Rai from Dudhnoi Banophaphul area in Goalpara district.
Guwahati city police commissioner Mukesh Agarwal said the commander of the Meghalaya outfit group, Suber Sangma, hailed from Karbi Anglong district of Assam, while its Physical and Drill Instructors George Sangma from Meghalaya’s Mendi Pathar Kharkutta area and Buttu Sangma from Baithalangso Satgaon area in Karbi Anglong district.
George Sangma, Alanson Sangma and Buttu Sangma came from Hojai in Nagaon district to Guwahati by Nagaland Express, while the commander, Suber Sangma, and others had come from Goalpara to Guwahati in a Hyundai Santro vehicle bearing registration AS-18D-0351. There they met the cadres from Hojai, according to the Guwahati city police commissioner.
During interrogation, Suber revealed that Hersing Dshira alias Mikkin Achik is the Chairman of the group.
Suber Sangma also revealed that the militant group have 50-60 AK series rifles, 4 M-40 rifles, 4 M-16 rifles, 10 9mm pistols, 12 point 32 revolvers, 15 grenades and a large quantity of ammunition at their camp in the Garo Hills of Meghalaya, near the border with Bangladesh.
The top police official said the militant group is active in Karbi Anglong, Goalpara, Kamrup (Rural) districts in Assam and Garo Hills in Meghalaya.
Police officials informed the media that a tip-off lead Guwahati city police crime branch to launch an operation which resulted in the arrests.