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TURA, Sep 11, 2017: South Garo Hills (SGH) police yesterday had an encounter with the Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) in the remote stretches of Chokpot in the district leading to the recovery of a cache of weapons from the spot of the encounter in Kenibadima.
The incident took place at about 10:30 pm last evening after inputs from sources on the presence of a group of ultras belonging to the outfit camping in the village. While sources stated that the number of cadres present was around 20-22, police sources estimated about 15 cadres.
"We received information from sources on the presence of GNLA cadres and immediately began an operation in the village. While there was no one killed, the fleeing GNLA men left behind a small cache of arms, including AKs and ammunition along with other materials. A search operation is being conducted in the area of operation today," said district police chief, Abraham T Sangma.
Police sources however said a few of the cadres may have been injured in the encounter though they were able to escape from the spot taking advantage of the darkness.
The police recovered one AK 47, 3 magazines, 90 rounds of AK ammo, 1 LMG magazine, SMG ammunition, one GNLA flag amongst other incriminating items.
The outfit, headed by its commander in chief, Sohan D Shira has been in a protracted battle with the government on the demand for a separate Garoland state. According to sources, the outfit has been attempting to recoup after continued setbacks to the due to surrenders and encounter with the police.
Two overground workers of the outfit had earlier surrendered to the EGH police yesterday.