HOMELAND SECURITY: Rebel chief killed in Meghalaya – he who lives by the gun, is doomed to die by the gun ?!!
FROM THE TELEGRAPH CORRESPONDENT
Shillong, Dec. 2: The chief of Garo hills-based militant outfit, the Liberation of Achik Elite Force, Nikseng G. Momin, along with another cadre were killed in an encounter with police in East Garo Hills today.
The police said the militants were killed around 3am today after an exchange of fire with the police at Darugre reserve forest in the district.
After noticing the approaching police personnel, a group of militants hiding in the forest fired at the cops and hurled a hand grenade, a police official said.
This forced the police to retaliate resulting in the killing of two militants, including its chief, Momin. The other militant has been identified as Rakbat Sangma.
The police recovered two pistols, a hand grenade and documents from the encounter site. Momin alias Dilkan and his gang were earlier involved in the killing of a police commando, R.D. Sangma in 2008 after an ambush in the West Khasi Hills.
According to the police, the outfit mainly consists of deserters of other militant groups in Garo hills.
It was formed in 2005 by Peter Marak, a former police constable associated with the special operations team of Meghalaya. The major activity of the militant outfit was the grenade attacks on Tura Super Market in West Garo Hills, market places in Nangalbibra in South Garo Hills and Mendipathar in East Garo Hills on June 22, 2007 which claimed the lives of two civilians.
While Marak, the self-styled commander-in-chief of the outfit was killed in July 2007 in a police encounter, his brother, Darong Marak, the self-styled chairman, was killed later by another militant of the same outfit over a quarrel over the sharing of an extortion amount.