SHILLONG, Aug 8 � One person was shot dead while another was abducted by the Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) on Tuesday at a market area in the newly created North Garo Hills district of Meghalaya.
According to sources, the incident happened at around 8 am at Radhe Bazzar under Bajengdoba Outpost, North Garo Hills district, when a group of four heavily armed GNLA cadres pulled the businessman out of his shop and shot him dead.
The deceased has been identified as Nitesh Shah (58), who was a ginger merchant hailing from Krishnai in Assam. Sources disclosed that earlier GNLA had demanded money from Shah, which he had refused to pay. �After firing, the GNLA cadres also abducted one Rupesh Bihari,� sources informed.
The sources further affirmed that the area commander of the outfit, Chinang alias Laden was the brain behind the incident. Meanwhile, the police have intensified their search operation in the areas.
Formed in 2009, GNLA has been branded a terrorist outfit by the Union Home Ministry.
The outfit, led by a police deserter, Champion Sangma, who had been pushed back to India by Bangladesh, has carried out a number of kidnappings over the years and slapped extortion demands on traders and government officials besides killing security personnel and labourers in the Garo Hills districts.