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ASAK cadre killed, abducted man rescued

By Biplab Kr Dey

BAGHMARA, July 3 � In a daring rescue, South Garo Hills police on Tuesday rescued a labourer from the clutches of the militant outfit ASAK from Rewak village, about six kms from Baghmara.

During the operation, a militant was killed in the crossfire. The police also recovered some arms and ammunition from the slain cadre as well as from the spot. The labourer was abducted on June 26 and taken by a group of armed militants to a jungle near Rewak bazaar.

Igp (Operations) GHP Raju said, �We conducted an operation based on inputs provided by the villagers and rescued the welder Manoranjan.�

The exchange of fire lasted for about 20 minutes, in which one militant was killed while three others were nabbed. The police managed to rescue the welder unharmed. Allegedly, there were about nine militants but five of them managed to flee.

The police recovered one INSAS rifle with a magazine, live ammo, one SBBL gun, one wireless receiver, ASAK demand notes and eight numbers of empty detonators.

Sources said, the ASAK has recently been on a recruiting drive. The group, a breakaway faction of the Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA), is led by former finance secretary of GNLA, Reding T Sangma.

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