GNLA self-proclaimed leader Shira killed; in encounter with security forces
It is said to be a major success for the security forces in Meghalaya as one of the most wanted Sohan D Shira has been killed in a fierce encounter.
Shira is said to be self-proclaimed commander-in-chief of the Garo National Liberation Army or GNLA.
He had been active in the Garo Hills of Meghalaya that goes to polls on February 27.
As per sources, Sohan was shot dead at around 11:50 am at Dobu A’chakpek during an encounter with a joint team of the Garo Hills Police and Meghalaya’s Special Force-10 commandos.
Police said the security forces had intensified anti-terrorism operations in the Garo Hills.
The location is around 320 kilometres from state capital Shillong.
This came after the killing of Nationalist Congress Party candidate Jonathone N Sangma on Sunday last.
Sangma, his personal security officer and two party workers were killed in an explosion at East Garo Hills when their convoy was returning from a campaign.
The attack was carried out some 100 km from the border with Bangladesh but was seen as an attempt by terrorist group to discourage people from participating in assembly elections next week.>