GNLA has struck again. Members of the banned GNLA shot dead the outfit’s former finance secretary Rakkam D Shira, who surrendered in May, at his residence near Williamnagar on Monday. Police suspect the large group of heavily armed GNLA rebels was led by none other than its chief Sohan D Shira.
Reason for Killing
Rakkam, alias Rikchie, looked after the outfit’s finances and was based in the coal-rich belt of Nangalbibra in South Garo Hills for many years. However in May this year, Rakkam and five other rebels, including senior cadre Sacheng, surrendered before then Home Minister Roshan Warjri in Shillong. Not only that, following the footsteps of the finance chief, the entire finance wing of the outfit surrendered. The surrender of the entire finance wing of the GNLA was seen as a body blow to the group and its chief Sohan.
Sohan recently made made his intentions clear through social media to target those leaders and cadres who abandoned his outfit. He had also announced the formation of an eraser unit to target the deserters. In what can be said as a pre-cursor to Monday’s killing, Sohan led a group of rebels to Rongsak village on the Tura-Williamnagar road and executed a former cadre who deserted the organisation for another group and had surrendered to police in December.
How the operation was carried out?
Rakkam, after his surrender, was kept confined within the protected walls of the 2nd MLP Battalion headquarters at Goeragre for the rehabilitation process. However he left for his home at Damagre shortly after noon on Monday and reached there around 3pm.
At around 6:45 pm, 13 GNLA militants, with their faces covered, raided Rakkam’s house . Eyewitnesses recount seeing three armed men running up the house as others positioned themselves around the periphery of the compound. The execution squad shot him multiple times from a close range using AK-47 rifles and Heckler and Koch automatic weapons. Police later recovered as many as 15 rifles and seven Hekler and Koch empty ammunition casings from the crime scene.