The Meghalaya government on Tuesday said that activities of the banned militant outfit, Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) have been checked and the police are on the job to check anti-national forces and completely wipe out militant activities in the State.
In reply to a query raised by Congress MLA Winnerson D Sangma during the Question Hour session in the ongoing State Assembly on Tuesday, Cabinet Minister Prestone Tynsong claimed that there is no active senior cadre in the GNLA. He also informed that a number of cadres of the militant outfit have surrendered.
Though Home Minister James K Sangma was also present in the House he did not reply to the question.
To another query by MLA WD Sangma, Minister Tynsong said that police are on the job to take on any individual or group that indulges in anti-national activities.
The State government has also extended rehabilitation package to surrendered militants, said Tynsong.
Based in Garo Hills of Meghalaya, the GNLA, after its formation in 2009, had been the most active militant outfit in the State. The outfit was formed with former Meghalaya Deputy Superintendent of Police, Champion R Sangma as ‘chairman’ and Sohan D Shira as ‘commander-in-chief’.
While Champion Sangma was released from the jail recently, Sohan has been killed by security force personnel on February 24.
According to sources, the strength of the GNLA has dwindled at present after the surrendering of most of its cadres especially the killing of Sohan.