Calcutta, June 8: Two members of the proscribed Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) were arrested from a guesthouse at Mukundapur off EM Bypass here this morning.
Police said a phone call one of them made to his family at Laitumkhrah in Shillong two days ago, gave up his location in Calcutta.
Officers of the special task force who conducted the raid and made the arrests according to the requisition made by Meghalaya police, identified the duo as Albert Jyrwa, alias Albert Jaroa, and Amar Sinha. They have been charged with sections of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and are wanted in connection with a case of extortion, criminal intimidation, criminal conspiracy and resistance or obstruction to lawful apprehension at Rynjah in Meghalaya.
“They have been evading arrest by Meghalaya police for quite some time now. Albert was the second-in-command to the local area commander Phyrmailang Swer, alias Pastor, who was arrested in the first week of April this year,” said an officer of the STF.
Sources in a central intelligence agency said a phone call that one of the two made to his family was traced two days ago before an alert was issued to inform Meghalaya police about the findings.
“Since the arrest of Pastor and his associate Nandkishore Thakur, we were on a lookout for more members of the gang who had fanned out across Calcutta. They were living here for a few weeks and lying low,” said an official in a central intelligence agency.
Pastor and Thakur were arrested from a rented flat at Kalikapur not too far off from the guesthouse where Albert and Amar were arrested.
Sources in Calcutta police said they had chosen the city as a safe haven from where they used to operate their extortion rackets back home. Several cellphones and SIM cards have been seized.
The duo were produced in a city court today. Meghalaya police were given their transit remand.