Village chief shot at in Meghalaya

August 5th, 2011 - 1:28 am ICT by IANS  

Shillong, Aug 4 (IANS) A tribal Garo village chief in Meghalaya was Thursday shot at by suspected rebels of the Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA), police said.

Greaterson R. Marak, the Nokma (village chief) of Jeldapara village in West Garo Hills district, was shot at his shoulder and abdomen while at his residence, they said.

“Initial investigation indicates that GNLA rebels attacked the Nokma for selling a plot of land to an Achik National Volunteers Council (ANVC) leader,” a police official told IANS.

However, a thorough investigation is on to narrow down the exact cause of the incident.

The ANVC, one of the five tribal Garo rebel groups operating in western Meghalaya, is currently on peace talks with the central and the state government. The GNLA has accused the ANVC of helping the police in neutralising their movement.

Both the groups have been involved in war of words for turf supremacy in the Garo Hills region.

The GNLA, which is fighting for a sovereign Garoland, is headed by police officer-turned-rebel Champion R. Sangma. Its followers are mainly deserters of the outlawed ANVC and other rebel outfits.

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