: Shillong, April 06, 2011
Five labourers were gunned down by suspected GNLA militants early today in Meghalaya’s South Garo Hills district adjacent to the Indo-Bangla border. Around seven to nine armed Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) militants barged into the Gokha coal depot, about 10 km from Baghmara, the district headquarter town, and opened indiscriminate fire from AK 47 rifles, police said. Rambadan Yadav from Uttar Pradesh, Suhagin & Habibul from Assam and Nur Mohammad of Meghalaya were killed on the spot. Another labourer one named Jamin from Assam, succumbed at the hospital, while Rakib Mia, also from Assam, who sustained bullet injuries in thigh was rushed to Tura Civil Hospital. The bodies were also taken to Tura, the district headquarter town of neighbouring West Garo Hills district. Locals said the reason for the attack could be extortion, while police felt it could be a tactic to create fear among the public.