Shillong: Five UALA rebels were killed and a police officer was injured in a gun battle Tuesday, even as security forces foiled a terror plot in Meghalaya, a police officer said.
A police spokesperson said three AK rifles, one pistol, five magazines and 108 rounds of ammunition were seized from the site of the encounter, while United Achik Liberation Army (UALA) chief Singbirth Marak alias Norrok X Momin managed to escape.
The gun battle broke out at the UALA's hideout in Chiokgre area, 10 km from Williamnagar, the district headquarters of East Garo Hills, police officer Davies N.R. Marak told IANS.
"Five UALA rebels died on the spot after the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) and Combat Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA) commandos retaliated to indiscriminate firing from the rebels," he said.
Marak said a police sub-inspector sustained bullet injuries and was rushed to Williamnagar government hospital where his condition is stable.
The dead militants have been identified as Kalam R. Marak, Batnagar R. Marak, Dikdik Momin, Sengnang Sangma and Walle N. Marak from their identity cards.
"Our men are still tracking Norrok. We have no idea if he was injured but we suspect he is hiding in the Sampalgre area," Marak said.