Earlier, he had worked for the UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development in areas under Rongjeng constituency. He later became a block programme officer under the National Rural Health Mission.
But soon after losing the election, Rapiush vanished from the area before resurfacing inside a jungle camp as the GNLA’s vice-chairman. He was virtually the advisor to GNLA ‘commander-in-chief’ Sohan D Shira. On interrogation, Rapiush said he joined GNLA to recover the money he lost while contesting the elections.
While in the GNLA hideouts, Rapiush used social media sites extensively to put across the outfit’s views and objectives. This helped the police track him.
“He was hiding in Bengaluru and leading a luxurious life with money received through bank transfers. Following inputs from our counterparts there, a joint police team raided his house early Monday morning,” said Meghalaya inspector general of police (operations) GHP Raju.
Joint commissioner of police (Bangalore East) KV Sharat Chandra told HT that the police will continue to investigate the antecedents of Rapiush. He said that it is a matter of “serious concern” that a leader of an insurgent group found sanctuary in Bengaluru. “This is the third time a militant leader from the North-East is being arrested here. We cannot rule out the possibility of a support network here,” he said.