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TURA | June 12, 2019:

Close to a year now, former leader of the disbanded ANVC-B Bernard Marak (Rimpu) has been at loggerheads with various NGOs of Garo Hills region of Meghalaya.

The two parties have been at each other’s throats over allegations of extortion with the recent case of extortion of money from Archery (Teer) counters being exchanged between the NGOs and Bernard.

A series of FIRs and counter FIRs have also been lodged against both parties. As a result of the warring between the two groups, almost all Archery counters in the town of Tura have shut down.

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In yet another case, on June 11, Bernard had through social media posts named the leaders of GSU (Tengsak Momin), FKJGP (Pritam Marak), AYWO (Sengbath Marak) and ADE (Dalseng Ch Momin) along with the president of the Archery Association (Neerush Marak) as co-conspirators in the case of arson at his property at Edenbari, close to Tura.

The former militant leader had yesterday lodged a complaint against the above named leaders in the case with the police confirming that an investigation into the incident was on.

And a day after the ‘sensational’ allegations of arson, the Association for Democracy and Empowerment (ADE) today rubbished the allegations while also asking investigative agencies to thoroughly investigate the incident to find out the real culprits.

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“It has come to our notice that he (Rimpu) recently tried to smear the names of leaders of several NGOs including me, through some controversial social media posts. I was in complete shock when I found out about such smear campaigning. He blames us for an incident with which we are no way connected. I was in Shillong for official work when the incident occurred. We will not stoop so low and act like a fool. I fervently condemn his attempt at character assassination and sternly warn him to refrain from such endeavor in the future,” said Dalseng through a press release today.

He further added that law enforcing authorities should probe into the matter very cautiously and find out the truth and the real culprit.

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“People like Rimpu cannot be trusted with absolute freedom. The law enforcing authorities should immediately take necessary measures to resolve this issue or ADE will be compelled to spearhead an agitation,” added the NGO leader.

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