Guwahati, Sept. 23: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has begun a probe into the “anti-national” activities of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), which is believed to be aiding Maoists.
The PLA, the military wing of the Revolutionary People’s Front (RPF) — a banned organisation of Manipur — is allegedly providing training and weapons to the Left-wing extremists.
The NIA has been entrusted by the Centre to investigate the larger conspiracy behind PLA’s alleged plans to “destabilise India” with the help of Maoists and other like-minded militant groups of the Northeast.
Official sources told The Telegraph that the premier anti-terror agency of the country has also been asked to conduct a probe into PLA’s nexus with China.
“A case (number 1/2011) has been registered at the NIA police station in Guwahati under Sections 120 (B), 121 (A) of the IPC and Sections 17, 18, 18-A and 18-B of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act,” one of the sources said.
The PLA, which was formed in 1978 and is believed to have camps in Myanmar and China, apart from Manipur, had always maintained cordial relations with other insurgent groups of the region such as United National Liberation Front, Kanglei Yawol Kanna Lup, People’s Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak and Ulfa.
According to the source, the PLA was allegedly spearheading the plan to destabilise the country by bringing all like-minded anti-India forces — including Maoists — under one umbrella to carry out attacks across the country.
He said the NIA police station in Guwahati had also taken over the investigation into the ambush on the convoy of Phungyar legislator Wungnaoshang Keishing in Manipur’s Ukhrul district on April 15.
Keishing, an Independent MLA, survived with minor injuries.
Eight persons, including six Manipur Rifles personnel and two civilians, were killed in the attack that took place while the legislator was returning to Imphal after attending an HIV/AIDS awareness campaign at Riha village, around 40km from Imphal.
This was the first major attack by militants in Manipur this year. The Isak Muivah faction of the NSCN is suspected to have carried out the ambush.
“The NIA has taken over the investigation of the case, which was registered by Manipur police at Litan police station in Ukhrul district under Sections 302, 307, 326, 427, 400 and 34 IPC and Sections 25 (1-C) of Arms Act,” the source said, adding that the Union home ministry had asked the NIA to take over the probe.
He said the Centre decided to hand over the probe to the NIA since several organisations, including political parties and NGOs, were demanding that the case be handed over to the investigation agency.
According to the source, in both these cases the NIA has got some clues and there has been progress. He, however, refused to divulge details.