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Rebel outfits break lull with extortion calls

Dhubri, April 22: After a year’s gap, the NDFB and KLO have once again begun calling business houses demanding money from them in Dhubri district since last week.

The KLO has been demanding huge amounts of money from businessmen in Chagolia and Golokganj areas of the district.

Sources in Chagolia revealed that KLO has been making calls to businessmen, local leaders and contractors from the mobile number 8794061911.

The victims have informed the police about the calls but they were not lodging a formal complaint or an FIR.

The businessmen continue to receive calls from NDFB cadres but are tight-lipped and haven’t informed the police about the threats.

A senior police officer of Dhubri district, while admitting about the calls from KLO to businessmen, leaders and contractors in Chagolia, expressed doubt over the calls from supposed NDFB cadres.

“As we know there is no presence of NDFB in Dhubri district. Groups involved in this extortion network are intimidating and threatening businessmen to cough up money. We are keeping a close watch on this,” a source said.

Intelligence sources said KLO has been growing from strength to strength after the formation of a new central committee headed by commander-in-chief, Nityananda Sarkar of Bhaibazar under Golokganj police station in Dhubri district.

Sarkar, who is currently not in the country, reportedly directed his cadres to carry out an extensive extortion drive to strengthen KLO at the grassroots in the Koch Rajbongshi-dominated areas of north Bengal and lower Assam districts, the source added.

The source also said as part of their extortion plan, KLO cadres had tried to terrorise the targeted people by firing indiscriminately at the Chagolia inter-state check gate on November 13 last year.

Dhubri additional superintendent of police Prasanta Dutta said two KLO cadres were arrested, one from north Bengal and the other from Dhubri.

He said the police were keeping a close watch on KLO and other militant groups but other than the KLO, other organisations were lying low at the moment.

“The police can act promptly if they get information on time. But as the people who get extortion calls do not inform us, police action gets delayed,” Dutta said.


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