Tura, Mar 11: Signaling possibly the end of the Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) in the state, 8 remaining cadres of the outfit today surrendered themselves to the Church in East Garo Hills along with small and big arms and ammunition.
The 8 cadres who surrendered today have been identified as Klubirth Sangma (Keke), CHonbirth Ch Marak, Rahul S Sangma (Nikam), Sujit G Momin (Roben), Hendison M Sangma (Newak), Barningstone S Sangma (William), Tangkam Ch Momin (Bilwat) and Pinbil Ch Marak (Churik).
The surrendered cadres surrendered at the village of Akelgre, about 10 kms from the district headquarter of Williamnagar in front of Church elders, paving their way for an official surrender tomorrow.
The cadres also surrendered 2 AK56 rifles, 1 SMG, 1 INSAS, one .303, one .22, 1 Glock, 2 wireless sets, 1 9 mm pistol while also depositing a huge round of ammunition for the above mentioned weapons.
EGH SP, Ringrang TG Momin stated that the cadres had got in touch with the police leading to their surrender today. Momin said that the group was also with Sohan D Shira during the encounter in which the outfit’s leader was killed.
The GNLA cadres, according to sources had been disillusioned after the killing of their chief, Sohan D Shira, and decided to come overboard. An official ceremony of surrender according to police sources is set to be held at police headquarters at Shillong tomorrow and is likely to see the presence of the new home minister, James Sangma.
Sohan D Shira was killed in a police encounter near the village of Dobu on Feb 24, just prior to voting in the just concluded elections. His death came 6 days after the murder of NCP candidate Jonathone N Sangma and four others who died in an IED blast allegedly triggered by the GNLA at the behest of its now deceased commander.