GUWAHATI:Karbi People’s Liberation Tigers (KPLT) an Assamese militant outfit, has been literally wiped out by the security forces, which managed to nab almost all its top leaders.
In the stepped up operations carried out over the past few days in the state’s Karbi Anglong district, joint teams of the Army and the police nabbed the outfit’s ‘chairman’ Doroni Kramsa, ‘commander-in-chief’ Sunder Dera, ‘deputy commander-in-chief’ Danger Ingti, ‘finance secretary’ Birton Timung alias Rock, ‘auditor’ Hemai Singh Kro alias Mysing, two ‘area commanders’ and several others.
“Based on the leads provided by some arrested militants about the presence of a hideout inside Amring forest, the security forces launched a massive operation after cordoning off the area. And the nearly 72-hour-long operation resulted in the raid party apprehending 12 militants, including the KPLT commander-in-chief, deputy commander-in-chief and two area commanders,” defence sources said, who dubbed it one of the most successful operations carried out in the Northeast in recent years.
Arms and ammunition seized from the militants included a machine gun, six AK series rifles, seven pistols, one grenade launcher, 26 magazines and 2,521 live cartridges.
“The recovery of universal machine gun clearly reveals the kind of sophisticated and lethal weaponry the organisation had been able to procure.”
“However, the arrests of the leaders have broken the backbone of the KPLT. The security forces are continuing with their relentless operations to wipe out the organisation and facilitate the return of peace to the region.”
“Various rebel groups across the state have been on the run ever since the security forces intensified their operations against them in the wake of last year’s massacre of the adivasis in Sonitpur and Kokrajhar districts,” the sources added.