Biplab Kr Dey
TURA, March 10 - Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) today threatened to carry out serial blasts in all five districts of the Garo Hills region if security forces were not withdrawn. The outfit further threatened the Ngos and Church elders blaming them for the offensive launched by the police.
The statement comes in the wake of the police announcing the continuance of Operation Hillstorm - 3 for three months to flush out militants from Garo Hills region.
In a statement, GNLA publicity secretary, Garo Mandei Marak, threatened, “If Government of Meghalaya doesn’t withdraw or stop the ongoing Operation Hillstorm 3 against GNLA, then we will push the buttons for serial blasts in all the five districts of Garo Hills.”
The outfit also threatened the IGP leading the Operation Hillstorm, GHP Raju, Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma, along with Ngos and Church elders stating that the leaders would have to bear responsibility for the loss of life and property that will take place.
“They are the ones who called upon GNLA to gather together at Durama Hills to come forward for peace talks. This gave the opportunity for the government for the Operation Hillstorm 3 to be launched,” said Marak.
“We have observed in the past too that the NGOs and Church leaders are inviting the militants to come forward for “Peace talks” and ask our cadres to either surrender or give up our struggle,” the release added.
The outfit further warned that the families, relatives, NGOs, Church leaders that were leading their cadres to surrender before the government would have to face dire consequences.