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Police-GNLA gun-fight near Songsak

By Correspondent

TURA, Jan 12 - One Kali Biswas (50), who was abducted from near Songsak a few days ago, was found killed, allegedly by the Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) cadres, soon after an exchange of fire between the police and the militants, this morning.

Biswas, a ginger trader by profession and a resident of Krishnai, was abducted by GNLA militants on January 4 from Nangapa, a few kilometres from Songsak in East Garo Hills. Though no FIR was filed by the family of the victim, police had been on the job to rescue the trader from the clutches of the militants.

The Songsak police today apprehend two GNLA cadres, who had come out of the jungle to take food for others in their jungle camp. Following the lead provided by them, a police team reached the GNLA camp and an exchange of fire followed. Police source added that a GNLA cadre was hit on his leg during the encounter, while others managed to escape from the spot.

The body of Biswas was later recovered a little further away from the spot where the gunfight had taken place. His body was later taken to Williamnagar.

Police believe the abduction was carried out by GNLA �second-in-command� (East Garo Hills) Pangkam, who reports to Jimmy (Ajan Ch Momin), prime suspect in the Williamnagar blast on Saturday last.

Family sources said that the militants had been demanding Rs 5 lakh as ransom for the release of Biswas. The family was, however, able to garner only Rs 1.5 lakh, which the outfit was not willing to accept and had threatened to kill Biswas if their demand was not met soon.

Police sources said that Biswas had been shot in the head with a single bullet.

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