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Militant chief killed in North Garo Hills

By Biplab Kr Dey

TURA, May 2 � In a major boost to the ongoing counter- insurgency operations launched by Meghalaya police, the chief of the Achik Matgrik Elite Force (AMEF) Jack Marak was killed in an encounter with security forces. The encounter took place in the early hours today in Mandadrop village under Kharkutta police outpost in North Garo Hills.

The operation was led by Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team of Meghalaya police. �We received information about the presence of a makeshift camp on the outskirts of Mandadrop. Accordingly, we launched a joint operation along with East Garo Hills police. There were about three houses where the militant group was taking shelter�, said NGH SP Ramesh Singh.

There were about seven-eight cadres of the AMEF led by their chief Jack Marak. �When they saw our team, they began to fire. Our team retaliated and in the ensuing fire which lasted for a few minutes, Jack was killed�, added Singh.

Marak was identified by former finance secretary of the AMEF who had earlier surrendered to the police. An operation to nab the others present in the camp is on.

Police recovered one AK-47 with two magazines, 49 live rounds of 7.62 pistol, one 9 mm pistol with one magazine, four live rounds of 9 mm, one magazine of 7.62 pistol with two live rounds, 14 electric detonators, fuse wire, eight gelatin sticks, demand notes, diaries and a number of mobile SIM cards.

Marak was earlier a part of the GNLA before leaving the group with Reding T Sangma to form the ASAK and later breaking up to form the AMEF of which he was the commander in chief.

The AMEF chief was notorious for the kidnapping case of the BDO of Dadenggre in 2011 while he was in the GNLA. Earlier this year in February, Marak had a lucky escape when police stormed his hideout in Bolda Abri in NGH.

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Militant chief killed in North Garo Hills

TURA, May 2 � In a major boost to the ongoing counter- insurgency operations launched by Meghalaya police, the chief of the Achik Matgrik Elite Force (AMEF) Jack Marak was killed in an encounter with security forces. The encounter took place in the early hours today in Mandadrop village under Kharkutta police outpost in North Garo Hills.

The operation was led by Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team of Meghalaya police. �We received information about the presence of a makeshift camp on the outskirts of Mandadrop. Accordingly, we launched a joint operation along with East Garo Hills police. There were about three houses where the militant group was taking shelter�, said NGH SP Ramesh Singh.

There were about seven-eight cadres of the AMEF led by their chief Jack Marak. �When they saw our team, they began to fire. Our team retaliated and in the ensuing fire which lasted for a few minutes, Jack was killed�, added Singh.

Marak was identified by former finance secretary of the AMEF who had earlier surrendered to the police. An operation to nab the others present in the camp is on.

Police recovered one AK-47 with two magazines, 49 live rounds of 7.62 pistol, one 9 mm pistol with one magazine, four live rounds of 9 mm, one magazine of 7.62 pistol with two live rounds, 14 electric detonators, fuse wire, eight gelatin sticks, demand notes, diaries and a number of mobile SIM cards.

Marak was earlier a part of the GNLA before leaving the group with Reding T Sangma to form the ASAK and later breaking up to form the AMEF of which he was the commander in chief.

The AMEF chief was notorious for the kidnapping case of the BDO of Dadenggre in 2011 while he was in the GNLA. Earlier this year in February, Marak had a lucky escape when police stormed his hideout in Bolda Abri in NGH.