Meghalaya BJP leader Bernard N Marak

The court of chief judicial magistrate in West Garo Hills district in Meghalaya on August 30 remanded state BJP vice president, Bernard N Marak, to 14-day judicial custody in connection with illegal possession of explosives, an official said.

However, the same court has also allowed the investigating officer of Tura to arrest Marak in another case related to extortion racket in Tura, the district headquarters of West Garo Hills district.

During the inquiry, police found that prices of snacks, fruits, vegetables, eggs and meat in Tura town were hiked a few months back based on the instigation of office-bearers of an organisation, which claims to be the ‘Meghalaya Chamber of Commerce’, being operated under the directions of one Bernard N Marak @ Rimpu aided by other persons namely Wilver Dango M Marak, Anish M Sangma and Patcheng T Sangma.

A police officer said Marak will be arrested again on August 31 from Tura Jail and produced in court on the same day.

Marak, a former militant leader of the now-disbanded militant outfit Achik Nationalist Voluntary Council (B), was arrested on July 27, by Uttar Pradesh police from Hapur district after Meghalaya police issued a nation-wide alert against him in connection of running a sex racket from his farmhouse at Edenbari.

He was again arrested from Tura district jail after police seized 35 gelatine sticks, 100 detonators apart from four cross bows and 15 arrows from Marak’s farmhouse on July 29.

The senior BJP leader, who is also a sitting member of Garo Hills Autonomous District Council, was on the run after police raided his farmhouse from where six minors were rescued and 73 people were arrested on July 22.

Meghalaya police have booked Marak under the Immoral Trafficking Act, 1956, the Explosives Substances Act, 1908 and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012.

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