By Our Reporter, Shillong News | Shillong, April 10, 2018:
The death of the commander-in-chief of banned militant outfit, Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA), Sohan D Shira which subsequently resulted in a spate of surrenders has ‘presumably’ reduced the strength of the dreaded outfit in Garo Hills region of Meghalaya.
And while the state government is firmed on its stance of ‘no surrender, no negotiation’, the state police are constantly on the job to wipe out the GNLA from Meghalaya.
This was informed by senior minister Prestone Tynsong during the Question Hour in the Assembly today. Informing that the activities of the GNLA in the state have been firmly checked, Tynsong said that the police are on the job to wipe out the militant outfit.
While replying to the supplementary question raised by Congress legislator Winnerson D Sangma on the measures taken by the state government to tackle the militancy problem in Garo Hills, Tynsong said that the police force is on the job and we have entrusted it to them.”
The senior Cabinet Minister also informed that the state government cannot state the exact number of GNLA cadres but informed that no senior cadres of the outfit are presently active.
When Congress legislator Zenith M Sangma wanted clarity on the statement of the Minister that the activities of the GNLA have been firmly checked, Tynsong informed the House that activities of the GNLA has drastically reduced.
He pointed out to the fact that recently in March, eight GNLA cadres surrendered before Home Minister James Sangma.
When Congress MLA from Nongthymmai, Charles Pyngrope sought to known what is the system the government is using to determine the status of a cadre, Tynsong explained that senior cadres meant those cadres who joined the outfit since its inception.
Tynsong also said that the state government offers rehabilitation packages to the surrendered militants.