From our Correspondent
HOWRAGHAT, Jan 8: A new arms militant organization has appeared in demand of separate autonomous state in Karbi Anglong. The militants belonging to anti-talk faction of the KLNLF has formally rechristened itself as Karbi People’s Liberation Tiger (KPLT) on January 8.
Before signing a peace agreement 25 numbers of members fled way from the KLNLF camp. They had been continuing with its subversive activities for the last one year in the district as anti-talk KLNLF and now the anti-talk KLNLF those who were split up from the KLNLF has rechristened formally as KPLT on Saturday.
On the occasion, the KPLT outfit observed its first foundation day with military parade. The insurgency group observed its first foundation day at Rongbin situated at an unidentified hill dense forest area of Karbi Anglong admits the massive joint operation launched by the Army, CRPF and Assam police where numbers of different print and electronic media reporters were also present.
In the foundation day celebration programme headed by Jing Hanse, deputy ‘c-in-c’, the organization flag was hoisted by Nilip Enghi, general secretary-cum publicity in-charge, KPLT.
During an interaction with the reporters, Nilip Enghi criticized the KLNLF and said that KPLT is pledged to fight until the autonomous state is formed.
Stating on the organizational strength, Enghi revealed that they have a total of 186 well trained cadres including seven bomb specialist guerillas. Their main area of operations is in the Karbi Anglong district, with a relatively minor presence in the North Cachar Hills district and neighbouring States of Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland, he added.
He further revealed that they have sophisticated weapons like AK-47, AK-56, lethod, M20 gun, LMG, mortar, etc.
Meanwhile, stating on their issues, the rebel leader said that they are ready to come to the mainstream if the government fulfils the long standing autonomous state demand of Karbi people.
On the other hand, the KPLT outfit leader said to boycott the forthcoming general election if the autonomous state issue is not been given importance by the government
However news report as appeared in the Assam Tribune adds,
Eleven journalists of Karbi Anglong district were abducted yesterday allegedly by the KLNLF extremists who took them to a remote place where the extremists organised a press meet and put pressure on them to publish certain news in favour of them.
The extremists told the newsmen that soon an organisation in the banner of KPLT would be launched.
Meanwhile, paramilitary and police forces raided the area where an exchange of fire took place for about an hour. The extremists, however, managed to flee from the spot. The police then rescued the journalists and took them to the Barpather police station from where they were allowed to go to their respective residences.