Guwahati (Assam), Feb, 22 : The crime branch along with Basistha Police in Guwahati have arrested three Meghalaya-based men and seized fake Indian currency notes with a face value of Rs 15 lakhs in Guwahati’s Khanapara.
The arrested persons were identified as GNLA chairman Champion Sangma, Gohan Sangma, Serian Momin of Garo Hills.
During a search operation, the crime branch recovered a bag containing Rs 10,000 original currency notes and the rest of counterfeit currency notes wrapped in white papers.
One Bolero car was also seized by the crime branch .
Earlier ,Champion , one of the most-wanted Garo rebel leaders, was also 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.
Champion is accused in over 30 criminal cases.
Champion was declared an absconder and a chargesheet was filed in 2012. He moved the Supreme Court alleging that the police had implicated him in different cases.
The Supreme court had also noted that the application for the rejection of Sangma’s bail application was defective as Sangma had never filed any bail application..
A division bench of the Supreme Court while passing the order on a writ petition filed by Sangma against the state, set aside the order passed by the additional district magistrate (judicial) allowing an application made by the prosecution against Sangma’s release.
On March , 23, 2018 Champion Sangma, walked out of jail after the Supreme Court ordered his release.