Suspected KLO Militant Arrested in Jalpaiguri


Jalpaiguri: A suspected militant of Kamtapur Liberation Orgonisation (KLO), was nabbed by the police on Saturday night from Jalpaiguri’s Nagrakata area. The arrested was identified as Binod Roy. Police said, Binod is a resident of Shanirampur area Under Falakata in Aliporduar. The arrested militant will be produced at the Jalpiguri court on Sunday.

The origin of the Kamtapur Liberation Organisation (KLO) can be traced to the attempts of certain members of the Rajbongshi community belonging to the all Kamtapur Students’ Union (AKSU) to organise an armed struggle for a separate Kamtapur State. For this purpose, they approached the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) reportedly agreed to train them in order to gain foothold outside Assam, in the other geographically contiguous Indian States, to use them as transit routes. ULFA’s line of thinking was that, it would not only facilitate the movement of its cadres to their base camps in Bhutan but also provide a safe haven for the injured or sick cadres.

The KLO came into existence on December 28, 1995. At the time of its formation, its cadre strength was an estimated 60. However, subsequently, it is said to be operating with approximately 300 'active cadres'.