Two GNLA Militants Killed in Assam Encounter

Guwahati, January 22: At least two hardcore cadres of the Garo militant group, Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) were killed in a gun fight with security forces in Assam’s Goalpara district along with Meghalaya border on the wee hours of Tuesday, officials said.

Acting on a tip-off, a joint team of police and army launched a search operation at Khardang area under Krishnai police station in the district.

“When we reached the area covered by dense forest, the militants fired on the troops, who were hiding and forced to us to exchange bullets,” a top police official said.

“Heavy rounds of bullets were exchanged from both side, in which two militant of the banned organization were killed on the spot,” police said.

Security forces recovered one foreign made pistol, several rounds of live ammunition in their possession.

The slain militant duo have yet to be identified.

The Garo outfit group and anti-talk faction group of the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) are active in Goalpara district.

Both outfit groups had planned to strike ahead of Republic Day in Assam and Meghalaya and during the assembly poll in Meghalaya.

Hemanta Kumar Nath is a correspondent in Assam, India, who reports on local news in Assam, the north east Indian state.