Shillong, December 2: After continuous persuasion and regular motivation by the BSF intelligence team Shillong, one hardcore GNLA cadre surrendered before BSF along with one 7.62 mm Sniper Rifle (China Made), 106 live rounds and one magazine.
A trained cadre namely David Ch Marak (24 yrs) son of Willick Ch Marak and a resident of Adugra village in East Garo Hills laid his arms to join the mainstream before the BSF on December 2 in a surrender ceremony organised at 58 BN Tura .
Border Security Force (BSF) in a press communiqué informed that Marak had been active with GNLA in the area of West Khasi Hills and South Garo Hills District of Meghalaya since 2015.
“He had undergone training for 2 months (Feb to March) in 07 batch at GNLA training camp Rongjheng in East Garo Hills Distt in the year 2016 along with 10 other cadres where he learnt the handling of sophisticated weapons like Pistol, AK series rifles and Sniper weapons. After completion of training, he remained at Ringdem Camp till 2016. Before surrendered, he was with 24 new un-trained GNLA cadres. He confessed that present strength of GNLA is approximately 50. The surrender ceremony was organised at Dhanakgiri BN HQ 58 BN BSF in presence of his family members, Nicholar A Sangma, Father of Williamnagar Sacred Heart Parish Church.The Church also played important role in motivating him to leave the violence and join the mainstream,” stated the press communiqué.
The GNLA which is only potent outfit left in Meghalaya has been under tremendous pressure after continuous operations by Special Forces (SF) and looking for opportune moments to inflict casualties upon SFs. The surrender of a hardcore militant could be a big blow for the rebels as many others may now intend to join the mainstream.