April 8: A group of former KLO militants and their associates today decided to support Trinamul in the Lok Sabha elections in the hope that the Mamata Banerjee government would look into their demands for rehabilitation and take a sympathetic approach towards the cases registered against them.
Today, about 700 ex-militants and linkmen who were leading a normal life after spending time in jail met in a private resort in Lataguri, 70km from here.
“Our primary demand of rehabilitation through financial assistance or employment can only be achieved through talks with the government,” said Mihir Das alias Milton Burma, who is the former second-in-command of the KLO.
“We have seen the Trinamul government’s initiative to improve the socio-economic condition of weaker sections such as adivasis, Gorkhas and some other hill communities. In today’s discussion, we have felt that only the Trinamul government can fulfil our demands and so, decided to support the party in the Lok Sabha polls,” he said.
Ananta Roy, another former KLO militant, said, they were overburdened with cases. “ A delegation had met Mukul Roy (Trinamul general secretary) in Calcutta and given him a list with the names of 925 surrendered militants and linkmen. We requested him to ask the government to look at the cases sympathetically and take steps so that the same were disposed of fast.”