TURA, Nov 20 � South West Garo Hills (SWGH) police have arrested seven militants allegedly belonging to Garo National Liberation Council (GNLA) with a huge cache of bomb-making equipment.
The police apprehended the seven at about 5 am today and recovered six kg of RDX, one 9mm pistol with five rounds, detonators, mobile phones, timers, dry cells.
The arrests comes after bomb attacks on police personnel and an outpost where two policemen lost their lives.
The General Secretary of a local unit of an NGO, as well as the Nokma (headman) of Chepagre village near Ampati were also a part of the conspiracy.
According to SP SWGH R Muthu, �After the bombings in Rewak in South Garo Hills and the crude bomb attack in Rongram in West Garo Hills, we were alert to the fact that there could be more attacks�.
�We had specific information that some militants were sheltering in Chepagre village. We were aware that they were training to launch a bomb attack either in Ampati PS or on a patrol party. We immediately acted on the information and were able to apprehend Milton K Sangma (Salmika), the leader of the group along with six others who were planning the blasts�, added Muthu.
Salmika is believed to be a member of GNLA's 5th batch but is also suspected to have joined the Jack Marak-led AMEF this August.
The seven caught suspected GNLA militants have been identified as Predith K Sangma (NGO General secretary), Polen Sangma (Nokma of Chepagre), Grepil M Sangma, Gengemon N Sangma and Pandit Sangma. They were all caught from the same house and belonged to the villages of Boldagre and Chepagre.
Meanwhile, security has been beefed up around major hubs and police stations following the twin attacks. Although the ANCA has claimed the IED blast in SGH, the police believe the bombings to be the handiwork of the GNLA, an allegation that the outfit has refuted.