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City cuffs on NE militants

Two alleged members of the Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC), a militant group in Meghalaya, were arrested from a guest house in Mukundapur, off the Bypass, on Sunday morning.

Police said a call made by one of the accused to his family at Laitumkhrah in Shillong two days ago gave up the duo’s location in Calcutta.

Officers of the Special Task Force, who conducted the raid and made the arrest, identified the two as Albert Jyarwa, alias Albert Jaroa, and Amar Sinha.

They have been charged under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and are wanted for alleged extortion, criminal intimidation, criminal conspiracy and resistance or obstruction to lawful apprehension at Rynjah in Meghalaya.

“They were evading arrest for quite some time. Albert was the second in command to local area commander Phyrmailang Swer, alias Pastor, who was arrested in the city in the first week of April,” said an officer of the Special Task Force.

“Since the arrest of Pastor and his associate Nandkishore Thakur, we were on the look-out for more members of the gang who had fanned across Calcutta. They had been living here for a few weeks and were lying low,” said an official in a central intelligence agency.

Pastor and Thakur were arrested from a rented flat in Kalikapur, not too far from the guest house where Albert and Amar were staying.

Sources in the Calcutta police said the city was a safe haven for Pastor and his group, who allegedly ran their extortion rackets back home from here.

Several cell phones and SIM cards have been seized from them.

The duo was produced at a city court on Sunday. They will be taken to Meghalaya on a transit remand.