SHILLONG, Feb 1 � Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma today said that the Centre�s decision to declare the Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) as a terrorist organisation would now �give advantage� to the security forces to fight the terror group and its sleeper cells.
Briefing the media, Sangma said that the security forces would get �some advantage� in fighting the GNLA from the legal point of view.
�There are certain legal provisions that would help the security forces while fighting the GNLA now that it is declared as a terrorist outfit,� the Chief Minister said.
He added that it would also work in favour of the security forces in dealing with the sleeper cells of the GNLA.
Stating that the involvement of politicians with the terrorist group cannot be ruled out, Sangma said things would be clear within a stipulated period of time with the changed situation.
The GNLA was declared a terrorist outfit and banned through a notification released by the Home Ministry in January 12 this year. The GNLA and its frontal organisations were banned as a terrorist outfit under clause (a) of sub section (1) of sub section 35 of the Unlawful Activities (Preventive) Act, 1967.
The decision was taken, as the Centre noted, that the GNLA has �consolidated its position both organisationally and in weapons amassment� in the three districts of Garo Hills.
GNLA after its formation in 2010 by suspended Deputy Superintendent of Police, Champion Sangma has been involved in a spate of killings, kidnappings and extortion in Garo Hills. The most recent being the abduction of two engineers from the State Electricity Board.
Sangma said that the operations tactics would be changed with the prevailing scenario and that those involved in violence would be dealt strictly. He, however, ruled out roping in the Army to deal with the GNLA.
�The Centre has proposed to send in the Army to tackle the GNLA, but we have said that at the present juncture the paramilitary forces are adequate� the strategy of the operations is being continuously reviewed and appropriate decisions would be taken based on the prevailing situation,� he stated.