Siliguri/Jalpaiguri, Aug. 30: Two groups of the Kamtapur Liberation Organisation militants — one serving as contractual ambulance drivers and the other of underground activists — have decided to meet Mamata Banerjee in Jalpaiguri tomorrow night.
Both groups want to draw the chief minister’s attention to the lack of rehabilitation options.
“After our surrender, we were provided drivers’ training under a central government scheme back in 2004. As per norms, our salary has to be Rs 13,500 a month but we are getting only Rs 8,000 and payment is irregular,” said Uttam Roy, one of the drivers.
“We have mentioned their demands clearly and that no funds are available to pay the salaries,” Swapan Sarkar, the CMOH of Jalpaiguri, said.
The other group, including top KLO militants such as Tom Adhikary, Malkhan Singh and Narayan Das today said it would send a seven-member team to meet Mamata.
“We hope the team and government will create a conducive atmosphere for a talks process,” read the statement issued by Pran Narayan Koch, a self-styled assistant general secretary of KLO. According to sources, the seven delegates of the KLO are out on bail and are jobless but have not yet rejoined the outfit.
Gautam Deb, the north Bengal development minister said he has no information of any such meeting.