GUWAHATI, June 3 � The head of the Maoist rebels for the Eastern zone, Prosanto Ghosh alias Kishan Da has been taking personal interest in the expansion of the bases of the rebels in the North East region of the country and it was Ghosh, who entrusted Indranil Chanda with the responsibility of setting up bases in Assam and to maintain links with Manipur based outfit People�s Liberation Army (PLA).
Highly placed security sources told The Assam Tribune that some important facts regarding the expansion plan of the Maoists in the North East came to light during the questioning of Indranil Chanda, who was made in charge of the Maoist rebels in Assam. Indranil was arrested in Kolkata by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) with the help of the Special Task Force (STF) of West Bengal police and he is now in the custody of the NIA.
Sources said that during questioning, Indranil admitted that he was given the responsibility of setting up of the bases of the Maoist rebels in Assam by Prosanto Ghosh and he made several trips to Guwahati and other parts of Assam. But he is claiming that he did not visit Sadiya in Tinsukia district, where the Maoist rebels now have strong base.
Indranil admitted that they managed to form the Upper Assam Leading Committee of the Maoists, but the Lower Assam Leading Committee is yet to take a strong shape. It may be mentioned here that the Maoists have already formed an armed wing in upper Assam and four of them have been killed in encounter with the police.
Meanwhile, the NIA has arrested the person in charge of the External Affairs Department of the PLA and in recent times, he was maintaining links with the Maoists. The self styled Captain of the PLA, Ibotombi Asem alias Angou , aged around 45 years, has been arrested in Gopalpur in Orissa. NIA also recovered as many as 13 mobile phones, one tab, one laptop, one spy camera, five ATM cards, 10 SIM cards, five pen drives, etc. He is presently holding the responsibility of maintaining links with the Maoists, sources added. Ibotombi is now in the custody of the NIA.
It may be mentioned here that the NIA, which is investigating into the Maoists� links with the militant groups of the North east, has already filed chargesheet against three cadres of the PLA for their involvement in training of the Maoist rebels.
The NIA investigation may also reveal links of the Maoists with other militant groups of the region as the PLA now has close links with a number of outfits of the region including the hardline faction of the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA).