TURA, Aug 9 - A day after the police alleged the Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) as the prime suspect of an attack on a 3rd MLP battalion convoy near Nongchram, the outfit has denied any involvement in the attack. The outfit further claimed that it was not their handiwork but that of groups like ASAK, AMEF as well as deserters of the outfit.
The ambush on the convoy at Nongshram on Saturday morning was not ours. After collecting information from different sources it has been confirmed that the attack was undertaken by different groups like ASAK, AMEF and deserters from the GNLA, UALA and some new members for their own known reasons�, said the outfit�s Garo Mandei Marak in a new release today.
The outfit blamed former member and leader of ASAK, Reding T Sangma, Timuth D Sangma (Chijong) Oja Arengh and Dakchak Marak (Wawai/Wisefield) and a deserter of UALA and cadres of ASAK being behind the attack after the outfit collected information on the people behind the attack.
Dakchak, a resident of Sampalgre, had been behind the blasts in a Williamnagar fuel pump and the cement factory in Damas, according to the outfit's release. �They have all combined and planned the attack with the help of some over ground workers and supporters keeping them informed of the movements of the police personnel, with their exact time, directions and destination�, said the release.
The outfit further blamed a former GNLA deserter, Mingran T Sangma, who has been collaborating with the police during its �Operation Hillstorm� of providing information to Reding T Sangma (who is also allegedly the brother of Mingran). �He is always in touch with him and keeping him informed of movements of the police operations and the GNLA. He is also one of the Saturday�s ambush group�, alleged Marak.
�It is now high time for the police to be more cautious about those informers from their own department to the groups like us and identify those who are bringing or sending others to the jaws of death by providing information�, added the release.
Sensationally, the outfit also announced the formation of seven member special operation team within the outfit, �Eagle Hunters�.
�This team is also specifically formed for attacks on police personnel anytime, anywhere. Yesterday�s ambush by others is just a minor one, but our �Eagle Hunters� team will not leave any injured but only dead no matter how many policemen may be at the time of the incident. It may be more than the attack on the Indian Army at Manipur by the NSCN (K) and groups in the past days�, said the release in a chilling warning.