KLO chief was in Bangla for some days, reveals arrested operative

A suspected operative of India`s separatist Kamtapur Liberation Organisation, arrested here two days ago, on Thursday told the police that KLO chief Jibon Singh was in Bangladesh for "some days" but left several months back.

Dhaka: A suspected operative of India`s separatist Kamtapur Liberation Organisation, arrested here two days ago, on Thursday told the police that KLO chief Jibon Singh was in Bangladesh for "some days" but left several months back.
Police started questioning Palash Das Pushna, a close relative of Singh, under a court order two days after his arrest from the city`s Hazaribagh area.

"We have started interrogating Palash Das Pushna alias Tapan Patwari as he was remanded in custody for five days," detective branch deputy commissioner Monirul Islam said.

He said Pushna was under surveillance for the past few weeks. He has admitted to be staying in Bangladesh for the past six years as he was being haunted by Indian police.

"Pushna also admitted that Singh too was in Bangladesh for some days but left from here several months ago," the official said.

With his arrest, seven Indian citizens, including three leaders of the Pakistan-based terrorist group Lashkar-e-Toiba and three associates of mafia don Dawood Ibrahim, were nabbed from different areas of Bangladesh in the past five months.

Islam said in line with earlier media reports, police also quizzed him about the reported KLO link to the theft of the Nobel Prize medallion of poet Rabindranath Tagore from Viswa Bharati University in 2005.

"Pushna told us that he had asked Jiban Singh about the stolen medal earlier, when he (Singh) declined the separatist outfit`s link to the incident," Islam said.

Pushna`s arrest came nearly six months after law enforcement and intelligence officials said they were carrying out a manhunt for Singh but could not track him down yet.

Reports at that time said the West Bengal CID sent a letter to their Bangladesh counterparts in December, 2007 for Singh`s arrest and deportation in exchange for Bangladeshi criminals captured in India.

The KLO is a militant outfit which wants to carve out a separate Kamtapur State comprising six districts of West Bengal and four districts of Assam.

Bureau Report