UANF Commander-in-Chief killed in Meghalaya

Shillong, August  14 (NNN): The Special Weapons and Tactics team of the Meghalaya Police force, reacting on specific information deployed in North Garo Hills district, gunned down the Commander-in-Chief and one hardcore militant cadres of United Achik National Front (UANF) in an encounter, here on Tuesday.
According to sources, the incident happened around 1:30 pm today, when a movement of armed ANUF cadres was reported at Rari Baazar area in North Garo Hills district. A heavy exchange of fire was reported from the place of occurrence. The deceased has been identified as Commander-in Chief of the outfit, Winston Sangma and Rocky Sangma, personnel aid of the C-in-C, sources said.
Police recovered one AK 81 rifle and one .22 revolver from their possession along with incriminating documents. Formed in March 2004, UANF in the past has carried a number of extortion and kidnappings in the area. It is believed that the group was formed by militants from the now defunct group known as the People’s Liberation Front of Meghalaya (PLFM).
The UANF has links to most Garo Hills-based militant groups in Meghalaya, including the Achik National Volunteers’ Council (ANVC), and it is believed to also be linked with other ethnic nationalist groups in the Northeast, such as the National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT) and the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB). However, UANF become known across the region for its high-profile kidnapping of two Meghalaya State customs officials in late April 2006. D. Borah and Mrinal Sharma were held by UANF militants for several weeks and were only released when the State paid a large ransom.

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