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KLO Myanmar link

Siliguri, Feb. 24: Mohan Roy alias Coach, the 30-year-old KLO militant who was arrested from Ghoshpukur near here yesterday, told interrogators that he had received training in Myanmar, sources told The Telegraph.

If the information is correct, this is the first time that a KLO militant who had received the training in Myanmar was caught by the police.

Along with Mohan, the police arrested another KLO member Sebok Burman also from Ghoshpukur near Siliguri. Later in the day, Aloti Singha, a resident of Gossainpur near Bagdogra, was picked up for allegedly sheltering Mohan and Sebok.

All the three were produced in the additional chief judicial magistrate’s court here today and remanded in police custody for 12 days.

Intelligence agencies said the KLO had been lying low after the Operation Flushout in Bhutan in 2003-2004, except for a bomb attack on a train at Belakoba in Jalpaiguri district in November 2006.

“But since last year, there was information that the group is reorganising as leaders such as Tom Adhikary and Malkhan Singh, who were released on bail, went missing from their homes. Later, we learnt that they are in the Northeast and are trying to revive the organisation with active support from KLO chief Jeevan Singha,” said the officer.

Much like other militant groups in the Northeast, the KLO had run training camps in Bhutan and Bangladesh.

“However, after Mohan’s arrest yesterday, we learnt that he had received training in Myanmar. We have sought police custody as we need more information from him about the training process in Myanmar, which is new information for us,” an investigator said. “Our information also suggests that Mohan was one of those involved in the bomb blast at Belakoba.”

A resident of Sariam Kalibari in Belakoba, Mohan is believed to be from the first batch of KLO militants who underwent training in Myanmar, said the sources.

Residents of KLO hotbeds in the last decade confirmed that the outfit was being revived. “They are restructuring the central committee. So far, we have one name, Pran Narayan Koch, who has introduced himself as the assistant general secretary of the KLO. Koch has revealed to his close aides that they are resuming the struggle as the Centre and state have not delivered on the promise that surrendered militants would be rehabilitated,” said a resident of a village.