Ex-GNLA cadres meet amids report of colleagues taking up arms again  

SHILLONG, Sep 6: Amid reports of some elements of the surrendered Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) returning to the jungles after being disillusioned with the rehabilitation scheme being a non-starter, the ex-rebels met today at Asananggre, near Rongram.

Around 63 surrenedred GNLA militants attended the meeting, led by its former deputy commander-in-chief- Zen Robert Ch Marak (Rupanto/ Toding).

The ex-militants trained their guns on the persons who released the false story about rebels breaking away in the news portal, “Shillong Mail” recently.

As a first step to contain the spread of the “misinformation campaign”, the rebels are planning to file an FIR with police against people who fed the  false information” to the website.

“A news report which surfaced recently claiming some of the surrendered GNLA members have gone back to the jungle is totally misleading. It is a dirty trick by some clandestine forces aimed at destabilising peace. The motive is to once again create mayhem and lawlessness,” Zen Robert said, while addressing the former rebels at Asananggre field.

The meeting expressed concern that spreading of such false reports and lies by vested interest persons and groups could result in threat to the lives of the surrendered cadres who are trying to eke out a living as normal citizens of the state.

Meanwhile reports allege that the ring leader in the whole issue is an individual in the GNLA’s hierarchy.

Those who attended the meet included, top leaders of the surrendered GNLA like, Hedeo Ch Momin alias Cellopa, Anurag Sangma the former publicity secretary of the outfit, Dalton Sangma the former area commander of Khasi Hills, Ajan Ch Momin (Jimmy) who was the action commander of the rebel group and Philliport D Shira, former northern area commander.

The members also passed a unanimous decision to petition the government through a memorandum seeking the fulfillment of their pending dues.

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