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Ulfa leader in Assam police net

Jalpaiguri, Sept. 14: Gautam Seal, a second-rung leader of the United Liberation Front of Asom (Ulfa), was arrested from Beltali village in Assam’s Dhubri district last night.

He is believed to have once coordinated the activities of the Kamtapur Liberation Organisation (KLO) on behalf of the Ulfa. The police know him as Prashanta Goswami.

Police sources said Gautam was involved in killings, abductions and extortion carried out by the KLO in Jalpaiguri. Jalpaiguri police have learnt that an Ulfa cadet accompanied the KLO rebels in each operation.

Jalpaiguri police hopes to collect new intelligence on the KLO from Gautam. “We hope to get inputs from him. We are in contact with Assam police,” said Jalpaiguri police superintendent Siddh Nath Gupta, adding that a police team would reach Dhubri tomorrow to interrogate Gautam.

He had been involved in several KLO abductions, including that of Roshanlal Garg, a Siliguri businessman and Om Prakash Agarwala, a tea planter, and the killings of his son, Gopal Agarwala and Nitai Das, a CPM leader.

Gautam was allegedly involved in the firing at Sahudangi, which resulted in the death of the local CPM leader, Khagen Acharya, police said. He also killed one Raju Ekka at Jaigaon in 1998 as Raju had left the training camp in Bhutan.

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