Two top Maoist leaders arrested near Guwahati

The Assam Police on Friday arrested two top Maoist leaders in the outskirts of the capital here on the basis of specific inputs

Written by Samudra Gupta Kashyap | Guwahati | Published: April 27, 2013 1:44:43 am

The Assam Police on Friday arrested two top Maoist leaders in the outskirts of the capital here on the basis of specific inputs. The duo were headed to Meghalaya to address motivational meetings in East Khasi Hills district when the car they were travelling in was intercepted by the police.

While Aklanta Rabha alias Maheshji is the lone central committee member of the CPI(ML)-Liberation from the Northeastern region,Siraj Rabha alias Bijoy Rabha is the chief training instructor of the Maoists for Jharkhand state.

“This is definitely a big catch because Aklanta Rabha is the lone central committee member of the CPI(ML)-Liberation from Assam and the Northeast. He has at least five other aliases within the organization apart from popularly known as Petla and Goonda-raja among his followers,” Assam Police IGP (Law and Order) LR Bishnoi said.

The police have found one .22 Spanish-made pistol,240 rounds of ammunition and four cellphones on the rebels .

Aklanta was wanted by the Assam Police since 2011 in connection with a case of the police’s special operations unit.

Aklanta and Siraj belong to the Rabha community in lower Assam. Bishnoi said while Aklanta,who had joined the rebel group in 1996,is based in the Northeast,Siraj was in his home state for the first time since 2007 when he had shifted to Jharkhand.

Aklanta,a BA final year drop-out had formed an outfit called Rabha Security Force in 1991,which was subsequently disbanded in 1996. Following this,he joined the Maoist group that elevated him to the central committee in 2002,the IGP said.

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