TURA, Feb 27 - In a major boost to the morale of the police in their fight against militancy, the police made its biggest recovery of IEDs that were allegedly planted by the banned Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) in East Garo Hills in the deep jungles of Durama range � a known stronghold of the outfit.
Police claimed that the IEDs were recovered following an encounter with the militants. The deputy commander in chief of the outfit, Rupanto (Toding Marak) had a narrow escape during the encounter.
The operation was launched by police after information of the presence of unidentified objects on the road. The police cleared the IEDs from the villages of Dorinkegre and adjoining areas under Williamnagar Police Station, said IGP Operations (Law and Order), GHP Raju.
�We have credible information that ULFA (Independent) led by Dristhi Rajkhowa provided assistance in assembling the IEDs that were recovered. The militants fled from the spot leaving the IEDs,� added Raju.
�The IEDs recovered on Thursday were wired and buried at a shallow depth. Villagers informed about the electrical wires by the roadside in the interior routes leading to villages. The recovery of the IEDs proves the close nexus between ULFA (I) and GNLA,� he added.