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KLO threat to attack refugees

Dhubri, Jan. 21: The Kamtapur Liberation Organisation (KLO) has threatened to target Bengali-speaking refugees in lower Assam, if security forces continue their alleged torture of Koch-Rajbongshis.

In a recent press release by the KLO general secretary Kailash Koch, the organisation has threatened the Bengal and Assam governments that it might target refugees in north Bengal and lower Assam districts, if the alleged torturing of the Koch-Rajbongshis did not stop.

Koch alleged that a joint team of Bengal and Assam police had arrested the sister and brother-in-law of their “deputy commander-in chief”, other protesters and Koch Rajbongshis from several areas with fake notes and tortured them without any reason.

“We strongly condemn the police action and called a 24-hour bandh on January 12 (later postponed to January 17) because of the harassment meted out to innocent Koch-Rajbongshis. Unless the Bengal and Assam governments stop this and release the arrested people, we might be compelled to take action against Bengali refugees,” the statement said.

Security forces are well aware of this threat since the newly appointed Assam DGP Khagen Sarma had said last week that the outfit might target a community in lower Assam.

In a press release issued today by Koch, a co-ordination committee of Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC), KLO, National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) and Ulfa, has resolved to boycott the Republic Day celebration on Sunday.

Sources said the KLO could carry out subversive activities and go into hiding taking advantage of the porous inter-state border. But police sources claimed they would be unable to do so because the security forces of both states are maintaining close liaison, sharing information and working in tandem to thwart the outfit.

An intelligence source said extortion and kidnapping had been the modus operandi of the outfit during 2012 and 2013 other than the abduction and killing of agriculture superintendent Gadapani Pathak in May 2012. But they were not involved in any major offensive in lower Assam at present, he added.


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