Last batch of GNLA cadres surrender in Meghalaya

Saturday 17th March 2018 07:54 EDT

SHILLONG: Remaining cadres of the Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) surrendered before the Meghalaya government last week. The move is seen as a major step towards ending militancy in Meghalaya and the North East. The surrender came after concerted efforts by both, the Centre and the state government, rebel groups, community leaders, along with policy changes at various levels, including strengthening of the law with a zero-tolerance policy towards militancy. “The surrender pf the last batch of GNLA militants, just when a new government has assumed office means we are beginning on a positive note, which is good news for everyone,” said James Sangma, Meghalaya Home Minister.

He thanked the people of the Garo Hills, West Khasi Hills and South-West Khasi Hills, the church leaders, civil society organisations, the police and government departments who worked hard to bring harmony and peace in the state. The militants handed over 2 AK 56 rifles, an INSAS rifle, a foreign-made Glock pistol, one semi machine gun, a .303 rifle, a 9 mm pistol and a large quantity of ammunition to the authorities.

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