KOLKATA: The root of the bonding between Manipur-based insurgent outfit Peoples Liberation Army (PLA) and the CPI (Maoist) is much deeper than it was suspected by the security and national probe agencies.
Following the arrest of three PLA operative and one of their Maoist counterpart, officers of National Investigating Agency (NIA) have now evidence that both parties are in close terms for past six years and senior leaders of the both party have personal contacts.
Surprising the investigators, probe revealed that a 10 member delegation from CPI (Maoist) comprising party general secretary Ganapathy, Eastern Bureau secretary Prasanta Bose who is also the second in command of the red rebel brigade, Northern Bureau Chief Janardan and’s military wing head Prakash met three PLA delegates in Dandyakaranya at a Maoist camp to discuss over the joint cooperation strategy. The meeting held on May 23, 2009.
In a chargesheet submitted against three top PLA operatives N Dilip Singh alias Wangba, in-charge of outfit foreign affairs, Senjam Dhiren Singh alias Raghu and Arnold Singh alias Becon, NIA officers claimed that since 2006 both organizations have been operating a Kolkata office for better liaison between two outfits. Dilip Singh and his team was entrusted to keep contact with the Maoists,said the 24-page long chargesheet submitted at Guwahati.
NIA officers claimed that following the Dandyakaranya meeting, senior Maoist leader Comrade Alok met PLA president Irengbam Chaoren Singh at a PLA camp located deep inside Myanmara’s Sagaing division in 2009. Maoist party sources confirmed the meeting and they hinted that slain Maoist politburo leader Koteswar Rao was the emissary in Myanmar where he also met ULFA chief Paresh Barua under party name Comrade Pradeep. In recent times Paresh Baruah who is camping now in a Myanmar based camp has also confirmed the meeting with the Maoists where they discussed over operational cooperation.
The NIA charge sheet said that Dhiren and Arnold were the key men to run the Kolkata office through which Maoist had paid Rs 50-lakh to PLA for a consignment of advanced communication devices. The amount was withdrawn by Dhiren at Mizoram. The NIA officers said that the evidence of the transaction was found but certainly more transactions were made which yet to be established.
The Charge Sheet said that according to Dilipas instruction, on July 29, three PLA trainers met Arnold at Guwahati. They stayed at a guesthouse there and two days later they reached Kolkata. All four took refuge at Arnoldas rented house at Tollygunge arranged by one Jaideep Bhattacharya.
Dhiren met the group there along with his Maoist counterpart Comrade Raj and after spending two weeks in Kolkata, Arnold and three PLA trainers boarded a train and reached Rourkela. There the team was received by Maoist leader Comrade Sagar, who is a member of outfitas central military commission. The PLA team tought Maoist guerrillas mainly in handling the communication gadgets smuggled by PLA, which suggest that by then red brigade got some consignments of the communication devices in their camps.
Two months later once again another PLA team trained Maoists in Saranda.
After the arrests of these three PLA operatives, NIA rounded up Maoist liaison person Indranil Chanda from Kolkata what suggest that both parties were continuing their office in Kolkata in 2012. Chandaa’s interrogation revealed that more such join offices are running in Kolkata and cops are yet to track down the militant establishments running in the heart of the city.