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KLO calls strike today

Siliguri, Aug. 14: Five militant organisations, including KLO and Ulfa, today called a strike in north Bengal and the Northeast from 1am to 5.30pm tomorrow.

The statement issued by the outfits said outsiders had encroached on their land and they didn’t want to celebrate Independence Day tomorrow.

A senior intelligence official said the KLO’s call for the strike indicated that its self-styled chief Jeevan Singha and some others who were still at large were not ready for talks. “However, other KLO leaders like Tom Adhikary and Pradip Roy, who were arrested after the Jalpaiguri blast in December, are in favour of talks and rehabilitation. This shows there is a rift in KLO. Though most of the top KLO leaders are behind bars now and the remaining are in the Northeast, we are not taking any chance.”

The call for the strike came at a time a number of hand-written posters in the name of PLGA (Peoples’ Liberation Guerrilla Army) were found on Metelli Tea Estate in Malbazar subdivision.

The posters written in red ink said tea planters should announce a wage hike of 30 per cent for workers and alleged that the garden owners were drawing the blood of labourers.

The posters have appeared at Metelli, 65km from here, in the past one week.