Shillong: Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma on Wednesday confirmed that there are inputs and intel about movement of some militant groups in the state. He said hence stringent checking is being carried out in several districts.

When interacting with mediapersons, Sangma informed that it was based on specofic inputs about movement of arms that led to the incident that occurred in Garo Hills late Tuesday evening.

On Tuesday evening, reports had surfaced that an unidentified man opened fire at the police with an automatic rifle. He was shot dead by commandos near Sherwood School, on the outskirts of Tura.

The chief minister said West Garo Hills Police had received information that there was some movement of arms and that the cache would come on that particular route. But he clarified that he is yet to look at the official report.

“So, the police setup a naka checking and later an individual came on a bike with a bag. He immediately got off the motorcycle and took out the weapon and fired a few rounds. Luckily, the police were prepared and they retaliated. During the retaliatory firing, bullets hit the person and he succumbed to his injuries,” informed Sangma.

The chief minister added that reports were still being collected; once it comes through then the home minister will be able to come out with a proper statement. More investigation is being carried out — the background, what connection he had — all are being looked into, the CM said.

Earlier, Leader of Opposition Dr Mukul Sangma had stated that members of the NDFB are reportedly moving in Garo hills and West Khasi Hills region.

The chief minister had responded that the government was very much aware of it. “To specifically mention any group would not be appropriate right now without proper intel but, yes, movement is taking place. We have the information but I do not want to name any organization right now,” the CM had replied.

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