TURA, Aug 4 – Suspected militants belonging to the Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) and the anti-talks faction of the NDFB and ULFA shot dead a senior village chief (Nokma) at Jeldupara village near Selsella in West Garo Hills late Wednesday night.
As many as 10 heavily-armed militants in Army fatigues swooped down on the sleepy hamlet shortly after midnight and surrounded the house of the nokma. They called out the inmates of the house and severely assaulted the son before opening fire on the father killing him on the spot.
The nokma, Greaterson R Marak, aged 50 years, sustained two bullets on his chest and another on his stomach leading to his death.
The militants had earlier served a demand note on the village chief but the prime reason for his killing appears to be over the sale of a large plot of land to the Chairman of another Garo outfit A’chik National Volunteers Council (ANVC), which triggered the outburst.
Police in Tura informed that the nokma had sold the plot to the ANVC leader sometime back and the GNLA had been angered over it because the two organisations don’t see eye to eye. The ANVC is currently on a ceasefire with the government since 2004.
The GNLA have since long been issuing statements to target the ANVC accusing it of working with the government against its interest. The ANVC, on the other hand, blames the GNLA for the spurt in militant activities in the three districts of Garo Hills and wants the State and Central governments to clamp down on the new group.