Manipur-based militant outfit’s member held

The Special Task Force of the Kolkata Police here on Saturday arrested one person who is alleged to be a member of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) — a Manipur-based extremist organisation operating in the northeast.

“We have arrested Dhiren Singh, who is a resident of Assam. Thirty rounds of cartridges were recovered from him,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (Special Task Force), Bastav Baidya told The Hindu. He was arrested from the Maidan area of the city.

Mr. Baidya, however, refused to give more details on the arrest.

Police sources said Singh came here to establish links with members of the Communist Party of India (Maoist).

According to reports, the group, with the help of the Maoists, was trying to spread its base in the northeast and West Bengal.

The accused was produced in a city court and was remanded in police custody till February 16.

Intelligence inputs available with the security agencies indicate that the United Liberation Front of Assam has planned a series of major strikes with the help of the Manipur-based PLA and the Maoists.

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