SHILLONG, Mar 12: After the death of their leader, Sohan D Shira in an encounter on February 24, the remaining eight Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) cadres formally surrendered before the government on Monday.
The cadres surrendered before Home Minister James K Sangma.
In fact on Sunday, the eight had surrendered to the police authorities at Akelgre village in East Garo Hills in the presence of Church leaders.
The cadres include Baringstone S. Sangma from Resubelpara, Hendison M. Sangma, Thangkham Ch. Momin, Kiubirth S. Sangma, Rahul S. Sangma, and Timbil Ch. Marak, from Williamnagar, Chonbirth Ch. Marak from Baghmara and Sujit G. Momin from Jogisil in West Khasi Hills.
The surrendered cadres brought along with them equipment like AK-56 rifles, INSAS Rifle, Glock-19, .303 Rifle besides ammunitions.
The surrendered cadres revealed that ULFA (I) leader Dhristi Rajkhowa, who was a close associate of Shira abandoned the GNLA cadres on February 27 a few days after his killing.
Meanwhile the home minister in his speech, while welcoming the cadres back to the mainstream made it clear that there will be no negotiations with any organization which are indulging in violence and criminal activities.
Sangma also reiterated that those who shun the path of violence will be welcomed. As per the Government Policy, they will be provided the rehabilitation package and will be given guidance and counseling.
Expecting that with militancy in its last leg, the Home Minister said, “We have to now concentrate in improving other facets of policing in the State like fighting the general crime especially the Crime against Women, Children and Human Trafficking. We will strengthen the police further in forensic science and other modern equipments.”