Guwahati, March 7: Assam Police have arrested a veteran member of the Central committee cum ideologue and strategist of CPI-Maoist from a tea garden in southern Assam’s Cachar district.
CPI (Maoist) is an organisation proscribed as per the first schedule of the UA (P) Act, 1967.
The arrested person, known as ‘Kanchan Da’, was tasked to set up the state-level Maoist team, supervise it and set up a red corridor from a neighbouring country to areas that have Naxal influence in India.
Acting on a tip off from central agencies, a team led by additional DCP, crime branch Guwahati, Numal Mahatta, along with inspectors (crime branch), Sanjay Borgohain and Jyotirmoy Dutta accompanied by Assam Police commandos conducted a massive search operation in suspected hideouts and arrested the veteran central committee member from Patimara tea garden in the Thaligram area of Nagadong circle under Udarbond police station on Sunday evening.
The search team was split into five groups to catch Kanchan Da from a general area near the tri-junction of districts Cachar, Dima Hasao of Assam and Tamenglong district of Manipur, where he had been hiding along with his associates.
“This is a big catch for the security forces fighting for national security as there as 200 cases registered against Kancha Da, who is a strong ideologue of the central committee of CPI (Maoist) and someone who was tasked to spread this malaise in the Northeast, starting from Assam,”
“We have also arrested a close associate of his, identified as Akash Urang alias Rahul alias Kajal, who is a member of the Assam state organising committee of the CPI (Maoist),” Guwahati city police commissioner Harmeet Singh informed reporters here today.
Both the apprehended activists of CPI Maoist were thoroughly interrogated on the spot. They confessed that they had concealed one laptop containing some valuable information at a place near Kumbha.
Accordingly, the team rushed towards Kumbha on being led by the apprehended Maoists and recovered the laptop from a road side jungle, on being shown by them, and seized it accordingly as per law.
“The arrested central committee member of CPI Maoist was found to be in possession of a cash amount of Rs 3, 60,000, being the proceeds of terrorism and other incriminating articles,” a statement said.
A case under Sections 120/120B/121/121A/122/384 /302 of IPC, read with Sections 16/17/18/18B/19/20 of UA(P) Act has been taken up against the apprehended accused persons.