Guwahati: A former cop turned dreaded militant Champion Sangma, who co-founded outlawed Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) and was out on bail, was arrested on Tuesday by the Assam police in a fake currency racket along with his two accomplices.
Assam Police said that three persons Champion Sangma, Gohanch Sangma and Cherian Momin, all residents of Meghalaya, who received the purported FICN worth Rs 15 lakhs, were arrested.
“Spl squad & an EGPD team from Basistha PS busted a FICN scam. 3 persons, Champion Sangma, Gohanch Sangma & Cherian Momin, all residents of Meghalaya, who recieved the purported FICN worth Rs15 lakhs, were arrested. The pack had Rs10k original currency & rest was white paper,” Assam police tweeted.
“Special squad and an East Guwahati Police Department (EGPD) team from Basistha police station busted a FICN scam,” Guwahati police informed. Champion Sangma, “Chairman” of the outlawed Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA), a rebel group fighting for Garoland in western Meghalaya, walked out of jail on March 23, 2018 after the Supreme Court ordered his release.
Sangma, one of the most-wanted Garo rebel leaders, was arrested from Umkrem Pyrwdiwah axis on the edge of the India-Bangladesh border in Meghalaya`s East Khasi Hills district on July 30, 2012.
Prior to his arrest by Meghalaya Police, the GNLA Chairman was captured by the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) commandos on November 23, 2011 from his hideout at Haluaghat in Bangladesh`s Mymensingh district.
Sangma is accused in over 30 criminal cases. In 2011, a first information report was filed against him but Sangma was not arrested because he was on the run, according to the prosecution.