Guwahati: Assam Police’s operations wing has strengthen operations against Red rebels in Kamrup (rural) and Goalpara districts of the state along the Assam- Meghalaya border. On Friday, the move comes in the wake of the arrest of two top ranking CPI (Maoist) leaders – Aklanta Rabha and Siraj Rabha.
On Saturday, security forces arrested three women from the Bhalukdubi area of Goalpara district for helping the duo. Among the arrested, Rekha Rani Rabha is supposed to be the wife of Aklanta Rabha, the only CPI (Maoist) central committee member from Assam. Police also seized a computer from her.
L R Bishnoi, Assam Police IGP (central western range) said that “Both the leaders have confessed that they were heading to Khasi Hills in Meghalaya to organize underground meetings with local communities there. Already, five to six such meetings have been conducted between the Khasis and Maoist leaders.”
According to investigation, Maoist leader Amitabh Bagchi also known as Sumit da, who was a politburo member of CPI (Maoist) and was playing a major role in developing the Maoists’ nexus with ULFA hardliners and Nagaland based ultras, had asked all local leaders of Assam to develop a tie-up with Khasis, Rabhas, Garos and people of tea tribes who have been opposing their political and financial rights for a long time.
Assam Police’s task force, which was formed to deal with the growing Maoist activities, said at least 181 Maoists cadres active in the state.
“Out of them, 23 are women. Not necessary all of these CPI (Maoist) members are armed cadres. Many are political workers. We are recording their statements,” said Bishnoi, who is also a member of the task force.