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Assam businessman rescued from GNLA clutches; Four arrested

Meghalaya police on Tuesday rescued a businessman a few days after suspected militants of Garo National Liberation Army kidnapped him at gunpoint.

He was rescued hours after Meghalaya police launched an operation to launch Dinesh Sharma, an owner of a stone crusher plant at Umtyrnga in Ri-bhoi district. He was abducted last week and the militant group had demanded a ransom of Rs 1.3 crore from his family.

A police team also arrested six militants from their base in a jungle in Pilangkata area of the district. GNLA area commander' Hiderson Sangma, who was behind the abduction, managed to flee the area ahead of the operation. The arrested militants were produced in a local court at the district headquarter at Nongpoh and were remanded to 14 days' police custody.

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