TURA, Feb 28 - The arrest of an alleged overground worker of the banned Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) has led to the recovery of another five IEDs bringing the total number of IEDs recovered to 67 in the ongoing third phase of Operation Hillstorm today.
Later, the arrested GNLA worker confessed that the IEDs were planted in a school to target policemen who generally take shelter in schools during their campaigns against the GNLA militants.
The third phase of ‘Operation Hillstorm’ is underway against the militants mostly from the GNLA who are holed up in the remote jungles of Durama range over the past four days.
Based on information, the East Garo Hills police arrested a hardcore GNLA civilian cadre Enison Ch Momin from Adugre in Durama region under EGH.
Police sources claimed that Enison was entrusted to detonate five high intensity IEDs placed in Adugre School. These were later recovered and defused by the police team.
“Out of the five IEDs, one was placed in a metal trunk inside the classroom which was at least 20 kgs. Another IED encased in a metal pitcher was buried in the classroom. In the school compound, two more IEDs encased in metal pitchers and another encased in a claymore box were also recovered”, said IGP Operations (Law and Order), GHP Raju. The IEDs were connected in a series by a wire which was to be detonated by a battery.
The arrested cadre allegedly confessed that the IEDs were planted on the orders of GNLA commander-in-chief Sohan D Shira.