Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) and security forces Friday engaged in a gunfight that lasted an hour in Meghalaya’s East Garo Hills district, police said.
The exchange of fire took place at 6.30 a.m. in Arengdo village bordering Assam’s Goalpara district, when security forces came under fire from GNLA rebels.
“The encounter lasted for an hour and the militants retreated back to the jungles after intensive firing from security forces,” JFK Marak, the district police chief of East Garo Hills said.
However, one pistol, detonators and incriminating documents left behind by GNLA rebels was recovered from the site. Security forces launched a combing operation in the area since Thursday night based on specific inputs about the presence of GNLA rebels.