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GNLA calls bandh on Aug 16

By Correspondent

TURA, Aug 12 � The Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA), has decided not to boycott the Independence Day celebrations but called a 24-hour Garo Hills bandh the next day.

The GNLA informed media persons here that his organisation remains committed to a separate State demand but would in no way hamper the country�s I-day celebrations.

The outfit has accused the police of killing its cadres in a cold blooded manner. The GNLA leaders claimed that its four senior members were not given a chance to surrender and shot dead from close range while they were fast asleep.

Police have refuted the allegations pointing out to the heavy exchange of fire and one of its officers sustaining bullet injuries.

The State police has geared itself up for any eventuality over possible retaliatory attacks by the GNLA. Security has been tightened and checking of vehicles and counter-insurgency operations are in full swing to prevent a security breach.

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