TURA, March 9 � Suspected GNLA militants allegedly fired at a school near Rongsai but fled after the police retaliated. However, the school clarified that the shooting happened outside the compound and did not affect the school.
According to information, a group of suspected GNLA militants riding on two motorcycles were trying to enforce the bandh call of the outfit when the firing took place at Rabhagre village near Tikrikilla at 2.30 pm today.
�Police personnel present there retaliated but the militants ran away. They left behind five bags containing arms and ammunition�, said SP West Garo Hills Mukesh Singh. The militants also left behind two motorcycles.
The police recovered a 7.65 mm pistol with one magazine and five live ammunition, safety fuses, two electric detonators, one GNLA demand pad with seal, empty cartridge cases, and two motorcycles.
The bandh call by the Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) completely paralysed life in the Garo Hills region. The bandh also affected students appearing for their board exams, with most centres reporting a good number of students absent. The bandh, however, passed off peacefully.