Shillong, Dec 21 (IANS): Four policemen were injured after they were ambushed by Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) rebels in western Meghalaya, a police official said.
The police personnel of the Meghalaya Police's 5th Battalion were attacked at Rongreng Baiza Forest Reserve in East Garo Hills district, Inspector General of Police (Western Range) GHP Raju told IANS. "GNLA's ambush was retaliatory attacks against us (police) after they lost two of their men Sunday in a gunbattle with security forces at Darimgre forests," he said. He said the rebels fled from the site after the police personnel retaliated. "We have launched a an operation to track the rebels who are still holed up in the forest," Raju said.
Meanwhile, security forces on Tuesday rescued coal merchant, Biren Marak, who was abducted by the GNLA rebels from Gambigre area under West Garo Hills district on Tuesday.
The GNLA, a rebel outfit fighting for separate Garoland has unleashed a reign of terror in Gar has unleashed a reign of terror in the three impoverished districts of Garo Hills in the western part of Meghalaya.