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KLO got firearms from Bangladesh through ULFA

Kolkata Dec. 24.The United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) has been arranging for the purchase of arms, including AK47s, for the Kamtapur Liberation Organisation (KLO), from arms dealers in Bangladesh.

The KLO leaders captured recently by the Royal Bhutan Army and in police custody now have disclosed this to the West Bengal police.

Speaking to The Hindu from Jalpaiguri today, the Superintendent of Police, S. N. Gupta, said they had learnt that besides the commander-in-chief of the KLO, Jeevan Singh, some other top leaders were suspected to be hiding in Bangladesh.

On Tuesday, a senior KLO leader, Shishu Mohan Roy, was killed while trying to flee a camp near the India-Bhutan border in Assam's Nalbari district.

The North Bengal IG, Bhupinder Singh, said the Royal Bhutan Army had attacked a KLO camp at Peiping in south Bhutan yesterday. It also attacked a camp belonging to the ULFA and the National Democratic Front of Bodoland at Kalikhola, about 7 km from the Bhutan border with Jalpaiguri this morning.

"The sound of gunfire and mortar shells could be heard from this side of the border with smoke billowing from the Bhutan hills," he said.

The captured KLO leaders had also confessed the links their outfit had with the Kamtapur People's Party (KPP), which has been demanding a separate state of Kamtapur to be carved out of north Bengal and parts of Assam.

"The KLO has apparently been giving the KPP financial assistance and if there is further evidence of such links and workers of the latter are planning subversive activity then the law will take its course," Mr. Singh said.

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