Meghalaya's most wanted terrorist shot dead in police encounter

Meghalaya Police confirmed Shohan’s death. Photograph:( Others )

WION New Delhi, India Feb 24, 2018, 10.08 AM (IST) Pooja Mehta

Meghalaya Police’s most wanted Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) Commander-in-Chief Sohan D Shira has been killed in an encounter in a joint operation by the state police team and Meghalaya's Special Force-10 commandos Saturday morning in Dobu Agalgre village in the East Garo Hills.

Meghalaya Police confirmed Shohan’s death.

Slain Sohan got shot in his chest and head that led to his death.

Security forces had intensified anti-militancy operations in the Garo Hills, 320 kilometres from state capital Shillong, after the killing of Nationalist Congress Party candidate Jonathone N Sangma last Sunday.

A police source also stated that Sohan was reportedly involved in the killing of the NCP candidate Jonathan Sangma and other three people  -- one security guard and two other party workers -- in an ambush carried on their convoy with an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blast. 

The GNLA was formed by Sohan D Shira and Champion Sangma in 2009. Champion Sangma, who was a deputy superintendant of the Meghalaya Police, later returned to the mainstream.
 

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Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) Commander-in-Chief Sohan D Shira has been killed in an encounter in a joint operation by the state police team and Meghalaya's Special Force-10 commandos on Saturday