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Spurt in extortions by ultras, criminals in State

By R Dutta Choudhury

GUWAHATI, June 23 � Extortion by militant groups and criminals has become a major cause of concern, while, the efforts by the Maoist rebel groups to penetrate into upper Assam and Barak valley areas of the State is being viewed seriously by the Assam Police. These issues were discussed in the recent meeting that the senior police officials of the State had with the range IGPs and DIGs, which concluded here yesterday.

Talking to The Assam Tribune here today, the Director General of Assam Police, JN Choudhury said that extortion has become a matter of serious concern, particularly in the Bodoland Territorial Autonomous Council (BTAD) areas. He said that the Songbijit faction of the National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB), and other active militant groups are also trying to launch extortion drive to boost their coffers.

Choudhury revealed that the KLO has also stepped up extortion efforts in the districts of Dhubri, Chirang and Bongaigaon, some Adivashi groups have started it in Biswanath Chariali area, while, the other militant groups are also trying the same. The United Liberation Front of Asom (Independent) is trying to extort money in upper Assam, while, some criminals are also trying to take advantage of the situation to collect money in the name of the ULFA.

Interestingly, the militants and criminals are not only targeting the moneyed people and even petty traders and hand cart pullers are being targeted. Choudhury said that the issue was discussed in detail in the recent meeting and strategies were chalked out to deal with the menace of extortion.

On the activities of the Maoist groups, Choudhury said that though the Maoists are not launching armed movement in Assam, there is need for checking the growth of the rebels in the State. He said that the Maoists are trying to penetrate into the areas where there is dissention among the people. Of late, the Maoists are trying to penetrate among the workers of the sick tea gardens in the Barak valley and leaders of the Maoist groups visited the area and one senior leader was arrested in the valley.

Choudhury said that same is the case in upper Assam as the Maoists are trying to take advantage of the problems that the labourers are having in Tingkhong area , while, they are also trying to gain ground among the unemployed youths. According to information gathered by the police, the total strength of the Maoists in Assam would be around 200 and around 40 are now in jail.

Senior Maoist rebel Aditya Bora is the main man of the Maoists in Assam as central committee member Aklanta Rabha, who was arrested recently, failed to live up to the expectations of the senior leaders of the Maoist rebels in strengthening the base of the outfit in the State.

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Spurt in extortions by ultras, criminals in State

GUWAHATI, June 23 � Extortion by militant groups and criminals has become a major cause of concern, while, the efforts by the Maoist rebel groups to penetrate into upper Assam and Barak valley areas of the State is being viewed seriously by the Assam Police. These issues were discussed in the recent meeting that the senior police officials of the State had with the range IGPs and DIGs, which concluded here yesterday.

Talking to The Assam Tribune here today, the Director General of Assam Police, JN Choudhury said that extortion has become a matter of serious concern, particularly in the Bodoland Territorial Autonomous Council (BTAD) areas. He said that the Songbijit faction of the National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB), and other active militant groups are also trying to launch extortion drive to boost their coffers.

Choudhury revealed that the KLO has also stepped up extortion efforts in the districts of Dhubri, Chirang and Bongaigaon, some Adivashi groups have started it in Biswanath Chariali area, while, the other militant groups are also trying the same. The United Liberation Front of Asom (Independent) is trying to extort money in upper Assam, while, some criminals are also trying to take advantage of the situation to collect money in the name of the ULFA.

Interestingly, the militants and criminals are not only targeting the moneyed people and even petty traders and hand cart pullers are being targeted. Choudhury said that the issue was discussed in detail in the recent meeting and strategies were chalked out to deal with the menace of extortion.

On the activities of the Maoist groups, Choudhury said that though the Maoists are not launching armed movement in Assam, there is need for checking the growth of the rebels in the State. He said that the Maoists are trying to penetrate into the areas where there is dissention among the people. Of late, the Maoists are trying to penetrate among the workers of the sick tea gardens in the Barak valley and leaders of the Maoist groups visited the area and one senior leader was arrested in the valley.

Choudhury said that same is the case in upper Assam as the Maoists are trying to take advantage of the problems that the labourers are having in Tingkhong area , while, they are also trying to gain ground among the unemployed youths. According to information gathered by the police, the total strength of the Maoists in Assam would be around 200 and around 40 are now in jail.

Senior Maoist rebel Aditya Bora is the main man of the Maoists in Assam as central committee member Aklanta Rabha, who was arrested recently, failed to live up to the expectations of the senior leaders of the Maoist rebels in strengthening the base of the outfit in the State.

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