Guwahati: The National Investigation Agency on Monday arrested a director of a private school at Merapani in Upper Assam’s Golaghat district for his alleged links with Maoists.
The sources said that director of Jatiya Vidyalaya, Pallab Barbora, was picked up by National Investigation Agency sleuths from his residence, Barbora, a well-known human rights activist of the state, was very much associated with left-wing insurgency spreading its network in Upper Assam, the sources said.
While the National Investigation Agency was silent about Barbora’s involvement, security sources said that Barbora who acted as supporter to several mass movements was instrumental in organising meetings of Maoists rebels in Upper Assam’s Golaghat district which was attended by top Maoist leaders like Aditya Bora and Moina Dohitiya further some intellectuals sympathetic to Maoist ideology.
The police had arrested Barbora in 2004 also for his connection with the United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA).
In the meantime, outlawed ULFA hardliners condemned the arrest of Barbora whilst asking the human rights activists to launch a protest opposing his arrest.
In a press statement issued on email, the ULFA publicity in-charge Arunoday Asom asserted that Barbora was a well-known human rights activist of the state and his arrest was a gross violation of human rights.