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Manipur rebels arming,training Maoists: NIA

The entire operation was reportedly coordinated by top Maoists Prashant Bose alias Kishanda and Laxman Rao alias Ganapthy.

Written by Express News Service | Guwahati/new Delhi |
May 22, 2012 12:45:50 am

The People’s Liberation Army (PLA),a Manipur-based proscribed rebel group,has been training and supplying arms and ammunition to the Maoists since June 2006,when the leaders of the two groups first met,according to a chargesheet filed by the National Investigation Agency before the Special NIA Court in Guwahati today. The entire operation was reportedly coordinated by top Maoists Prashant Bose alias Kishanda and Laxman Rao alias Ganapthy.

In its chargesheet,NIA also brought out the correspondence between PLA and CPI(Maoist) top leaders in which “the self-styled president of the PLA,Irengbum Chaoren,expressed his gratitude to the comrades of CPI(Maoist) who had carried out military offensives against the Indian security forces on April 6,2010 and killed 76 CRPF personnel in the forest of Dandkaranya.”

The agency said the Maoists paid Rs 45 lakh for training and supply of arms and ammunition. A probe is on to establish the source of funds.

The NIA,which had registered a case on July 11 last year,said while leaders of the PLA and CPI(Maoist) first met in June 2006,the Manipuri outfit set up an office in Kolkata the same year to coordinate its activities with the Maoists,particularly for supply of arms and ammunition as well as communication devices.

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“In 2008,some of the top echelons of the CPI(Maoist) met a group of PLA members in a foreign country and signed a joint declaration for unified action of waging war against India… Chaoren presided over this meeting. The CPI(Maoist) requested the PLA to provide sophisticated weapons and the PLA in turn sought help for procurement of ammonium nitrate from the CPI(Maoist),” said the chargesheet.

The NIA said while four top PLA leaders visited the Dandakaranya forest in Chhattisgarh in mid-2009 to examine the scope of setting up training camps for Maoists,two training camps were organised in Jharkhand during 2010. These two camps,comprising of signal training and military training,were held inside the Saranda forest,said the NIA. The first training camp was held from September 11 to November 20,2010,and the second was held from October 7 to November 10,2010.

“In order to avoid detection… the cadres of both the organisations physically met and delivered consignments including arms,ammunition and communication devices in different states such as Delhi,West Bengal,Assam,Mizoram,Orissa,Jharkhand,Chhattisgarh and so on,” it said.

The Kolkata link between PLA and CPI(Maoist),one Arnold Singh alias Becon,who is a PLA cadre,was arrested by the NIA on April 2 this year from Siliguri. The other accused persons are N Dilip Singh alias Wangba and Senjam Dhiren Singh alias Raghu. They have been booked under Sections 120(B),121(A) of IPC & Sections 18,18A,20 & 39 of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act 1967.

Kishenji associate held in Jharkhand

A top Maoist leader,believed to have been a close associate of slain rebel leader Kishenji and wanted by the authorities in Jharkhand and Bihar,has been arrested,the police said on Monday.

“Ramdas Ganju alias Nandu was a close aide of Kishenji. He is a member of the Bihar-Jharkhand-Odisha-Chhattisgarh special regional committee of the Maoists,” SP Saket Kumar Singh said. Ganju was reportedly arrested from near Ranchi railway station on Sunday. Ganju,who hails from Belari village in Bihar’s Banka district,is a post graduate and also member of the sub-committee on political education of the CPI (Maoist).

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