Incidents and Statements involving KLO:1995-2012
November 13: Two suspected KLO militants
fired 50 rounds indiscriminately at three places near Chagolia inter-state
checkgate of Dhubri District. A civilian, Dilip Adhikari (38), was
injured in one of the firing incidents. Security forces are alarmed
because the camera footage captured in one of the firing sites clearly
shows a KLO militant holding an assault rifle. KLO had been using
small arms like pistols and hand-made revolvers in the past.
October 4: A top KLO militant, Tirtha
Burman alias Chila Roy, surrendered in Bamangola Police Station
in Malda District.
August 11: Major militant formations
operating in the Northeast called for a general strike on August
15 to boycott Independence Day celebration. However, during the
strike, essential services, emergency measures, media and religious
activities will be exempted. The militant formations that has called
for a general strike, include CorCom of seven rebel organizations
HNLC, KLO, NDFB, NLFT and ULFA-ATF.
July 17: Police claimed to have
cracked the Gadapani Pathak murder case, after a KLO militant, Hiranya
Roy, confessed that he had killed the agriculture engineer on May
2.SFs arrested Roy from Gauripur of Dhubri District on July 13.
July 9: DGP Choudhury on the issue
of Godapani Pathak murder case, the DGP said the KLO was involved
in the kidnapping and murder of Godapani Pathak. "The KLO abducted
him for ransom. The outfit needs money to give its cadres training
July 3: SFs arrested two militants
of the KLO from two different villages under Golokganj Police Station
in Dhubri District. The militants were identified as Tapan Adhikari
who was arrested from Jhapusabari while Neelkamal Roy alias
Nobin Roy was arrested from Kherbari village. Eight detonators,
580 number of gelatin sticks, 27 metres of electric wire, 1 Chinese
grenade, 3 mobile phones and a map of Dhubri and Cooch Behar (West
Bengal) were recovered from the duo.
June 15: Five AKRSU activists were
injured while trying to enforce a 12-hour strike in Dhubri after
a scuffle broke out in Gauripur bazaar (Market) between shopkeepers
and party activists. AKRSU workers damaged and ransacked some shops
of businesspersons who opposed them. They also damaged several vehicles
on NH 31 at Agomoni, Ratiadoh and Gauripur. Dhubri District unit
of AKRSU called bandh demanding the unconditional release of five
suspected KLO militants, from the Koch Rajbongshi community, who
were arrested on June 9 in connection with the killing of engineer
Gadapani Pathak. AKRSU claims all the arrested youth are innocent.
June 13: SFs arrested three hardcore
militants of KLO at Telipara under Gossaigaon Police Station in
Kokrajhar District. The KLO militants have been identified as Sarat
Roy (30), Prahlad Roy (30) and Bimal Roy (35). SFs recovered two
country made pistols, one rifle and two live ammunitions from the
June 12: Dhubri District unit of
AKRSU has called a 12-hour strike on June 15 demanding the unconditional
release of five youths, who were arrested in connection with the
killing of engineer Gadapani Pathak. SFs on June 9 arrested them
as suspected KLO militants.
June 9: An investigation into the
killing of state agriculture department engineer Gadapani Pathak
by the State CID has revealed that some officials of the department
hired KLO militants to abduct and kill Pathak. Chief minister Tarun
Gogoi said, "KLO militants were involved in the killing of Gadapani
Pathak. The investigation so far suggests that the KLO militants
were hired by officials of the agriculture department to abduct
and kill Pathak. We will not spare anyone." Pathak was conducting
a departmental enquiry into the alleged smuggling of power pump
sets and power tillers to Bangladesh through the Dhubri border.
The power pumps and tillers were meant for distribution among farmers.
June 8: SFs arrested five militants
belonging to KLO at Bongaigaon and Dhubri for their role in the
killing of state agriculture department engineer Gadapani Pathak.
June 7: SFs arrested a KLO militant,
Putul Ray, from Golokganj in Dhubri District for his allegedly involved
in the abduction and murder of, Gadapani Pathak, an engineer of
agriculture department on May 3.
May 2-3: Body of Boda Pani Pathak,
superintendent engineer of Gauripur agriculture-engineering department
in Dhubri District, was recovered from Bongaigaon District. Pathak
along with executive engineer Faizur Islam was abducted from Kharagpur
under Boithamari Police Station in the same District on May 2. The
whereabouts of Faizur Islam is not yet known. Police did not rule
out the possibility of the involvement of militant groups and is
looking into the involvement of the KLO.
January 9:Intelligence agencies
have reportedly received inputs that the CPI-Maoist has sought the
help of Assam based insurgent group, KLO, indicating a retaliation
of an "unprecedented scale" to avenge the killing of its politburo
member Mallojula Koteswara Rao alias Kishanji in West Bengal
on November 24, 2011. A senior Police official said they have received
inputs that "something big" would happen anytime, anywhere. He said
Centre has also informed all Maoist infested states to be on high
Reports said that ground-level intelligence
gathered by Central agencies revealed that top Maoist leadership has
been constantly interacting with KLO in the last one month. According
to highly placed sources, Maoists have sought "on an urgent basis"
large consignment of sophisticated weapons, including AK rifles, rocket
launchers, claymore mines and even RDX to specifically target security
agencies. "This is specific human intelligence received from the ground
level so the inputs are very specific and precise. Thus, we have already
cautioned concerned security agencies and states. The news of Naxals
using RDX in future attacks is indeed very disturbing. This reveals
they are desperate and determined to cause large scale damage," a
senior Government official said. It has been learnt that the KLO has
communicated to their counterparts and even ULFA leadership in Bangladesh
the fresh demand by Maoists. Vigil along the India-Bangladesh border
has been stepped up anticipating delivery of large quantity of arms
January 4: SFs arrested a top KLO
militant, identified as Pushma Das alias Tupan Patwari alias
Pulas Barman alias Mithun Das, from Chandaboi BOP of West
Garo Hills District.
June 20: SFs arrested a militant,
identified as Pranab Roy, of the KLO, from Salakati Kamarpara in
August 21: The Union Ministry of
Home Affairs (MHA) has alerted the Assam State Police about CPI-Maoist
establishing links with militants in Assam. The missive issued this
week also States that the Maoists, who had a base in North Bengal
earlier, are trying to revive it. Besides, they are trying to establish
fresh contact with several Naxalite groups that had so far been
dormant. The MHA has pointed out that the Maoists are trying to
rope in former members of KLO and use them as conduits. Already,
two Maoist "linkmen" have been arrested from Kokrajhar with AK-47.
August 11: The KLO, Manipur People's
Liberation Front (MPLF), NDFB, NLFT, Tripura Peoples' Democratic
Front (TPDF) and the ULFA called for a general shut down, and asked
people in the Northeast region to boycott the Independence Day celebrations
on August 15.
July 25: One more KLO cadre, identified
as Mritunjoy Barman (25), was arrested from the Sapatgram area of
Dhubri District. He was one of the 18 KLO cadres running the extortion
network in Dhubri and West Bengal's Jalpaiguri and Darjeeling Districts
over cell phones.
The All Kamtapur Students' Organisation
has claimed that the youths recently arrested from Guwahati and Dhubri
and labelled activists of the KLO, were innocent, according to Telegraph.
In a media release issued in Bongaigaon, the students' union alleged
that it was a conspiracy hatched by the State Government to crush
the movement for a Kamtapur State.
July 23: Security Forces claimed
of nutralising an extortion racket with the arrest of five Kamtapur
Liberation Organisation (KLO) militants from Guwahati. The arrested
militants were identified as Mrinmoy Mitra (23), Sapan Burman (25),
Niranjan Burman (20), Santosh Burman (22), and Ranjan Burman (23).
Five cellular phones and eight subscriber identity module cards
were recovered from their possession. SFs arrested Mitra from a
rented house in Lachit Nagar area on July 23. "Based on his confession,
Santosh and Niranjan were arrested from Christian Basti and Sapan
from Ganeshguri last night (July 23). Ranjan was arrested from Ulubari
today (July 24)," a Police source said. Dhubri Police claimed the
arrested cadres were part of a most effective extortion network
of the KLO.
July 12: A KLO cadre, Sanjit Roy,
was arrested by Security Forces from Tamarhat in Dhubri District.
July 8: A suspected KLO militant,
Putul Roy (26), was arrested by the SFs from Kherbari village in
June 21: A petrol pump employee,
Pujan Sha, was robbed of INR 140000 at gunpoint by a three-member
gang near along National Highway 31C at Khayerbari in Jalpaiguri
District. Police suspect that the attackers are cadres of the KLO,
which is trying to regroup and revive its activities in north Bengal.
A Police officer said, "When the KLO is trying to regroup, they
need a good amount. The outfit used to extort money from pump owners
when it was very active in the region."
June 18: A KLO militant, Tirtha
Burman, was arrested by the Police from one Indrajeet Roy's house
at Patiramjote in Matigara, outskirts of Siliguri. The Police also
arrested Pratap Burman from the house on the suspicion that he was
a KLO linkman. Indrajeet was charged with harboring criminals. An
improvised 9-mm pistol, two magazines and 13 rounds of live cartridges
were recovered from his possession. Tirtha Burman has given information
on the outfit's renewed efforts to raise money from businessmen
in north Bengal to regroup and revive its activities.
D.P. Singh, the Superintendent of
Police of Darjeeling, said, "However, over the past few months, we
have been receiving specific inputs that the KLO is trying to regroup
and has recruited a number of people for training in Bangladesh."
Tirtha was remanded in Police custody for seven days along with Indrajeet
and Pratap. Singh said Tirtha - who had undergone training in handling
arms and explosives in Bangladesh - had been involved in the April
22 abduction attempt also. The Police and intelligence branch said
that the KLO might even attempt an attack on vital installations in
north Bengal to make its presence felt again.
June 9: Two KLO linkmen, Satish
Rajbangshi and Jhapu Rajbangshi, were arrested by the Police from
Pandua for their involvement in the abduction of two Malda businessmen.
Malda Superintendent of Police Bhuban Mondol said that the duo was
involved in the abduction of Nepal Halder and Nabin Agarwal. They
also provided houses and vehicles to KLO militants. While Jhapu,
a resident of Pandua, is a supporter of the Kamtapur People's Party
(KPP), Satish, who hails from Bamongola, is the 'District secretary'
of the outfit. The Police said KPP members were making money by
working for the KLO.
June 6: Kokrajhar District Superintendent
of Police P.K.Dutta referred to specific inputs that KLO 'chief'
Jiban Sing was presently roaming in the border areas of Kokrajhar,
Bongaigaon and Dhubri Districts of lower Assam keeping nexus with
ULFA cadres to strengthen militant activities. He also did not rule
out the movement of some Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist)
cadres in the bordering area, but said that strong vigil was being
May 1: A trader, Rabin Agarwal,
who was rescued from the Kamtapur Liberation Organisation (KLO)
militants during their bid to abduct him on April 22, received three
text messages from two Assam numbers. The messages said Agarwals
would have to pay INR 10 million or face dire consequences. The
messages also mentioned that the time and venue where the money
should be sent would be communicated later. A KLO militant, Gopal
Barman alias Marang Singh, was arrested while trying to abduct the
trader on April 22. Gopal, who hailed from Kanturka in Habbibpur,
had been trained in Bangladesh and had been in the Korkajhor forest
of Assam for 12 years. He had been remanded in Police custody for
14 days and was handed over to the Criminal Investigation Department
(CID) on April 30 for further interrogation.
April 22: A KLO militant, Gopal
Burman alias Marang Singh, was arrested on April 22 when
a gang of five KLO cadres was trying to abduct a trader at Malda,
West Bengal. Four of his accomplice managed to escape from the incident
site. Gopal used to visit Malda frequently. Police said, "He had
even made a list of traders who could be abducted for extortion.
He had succeeded in one of his plans but was arrested while uting
the second." He was earlier involved in the abduction of Nepal Halder
of Old Malda on February 21. Gopal Burman later revealed that Jeevan
Singha, the self-styled 'chief' of the KLO, is renewing abductions
and extortion bids to mobilise funds for the militant outfit. Police
added, "We have specific information that Singha is trying to spread
his network across north Bengal after staying in hibernation for
six-seven years." According to sources, a plan has been chalked
out to abduct businessmen, doctors and engineers from North Bengal
to raise funds for buying arms and ammunition for the outfit.
April 20: West Bengal Government
has launched a special scheme at Jalpaiguri to rehabilitate the
surrendered cadres of the Kamtapur Liberation Organisation (KLO).
The report adds that they are being trained in productive vocations
under the Rashtriya Sam Vikash Yojana (RSVY) scheme. Out of the
150 and odd surrendered KLO cadres, 52 have been attending the rehabilitation
programme mooted under RSVY. Biswajyoti Das, coordinator of the
programme said, "Although we have expected around 100 surrendered
persons to undergo this special rehabilitation programme, presently
we have 52. Actually when the Chief Minister visited Cooch Behar,
Jalpaiguri and other regions in north Bengal he wished to know whether
we have maintained any contact with the surrendered and former KLO
cadres. He prompted the Commissioner to lend a fillip to this rehabilitation
programme and it has been going on well."
March 5: A 45-year-old businessman,
Nepal Halder, who was abducted on February 21 and held hostage in
forests — possibly in Assam — returned to Malda District of West
Bengal. A day after his abduction from Old Malda on February 21,
his wife Gangarani had received a call demanding INR ten million
for his release. But the family members refused to say if they had
paid the ransom to secure the release. Police suspect that he had
been abducted by KLO or ULFA militants and a financial deal had
been struck for his release.
February 14: The West Bengal Chief
Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee said that the Adivasis (tribals)
should not form units in the Dooars gardens and assured the audience
that it was the Government’s responsibility to look after the families
of KLO militants willing to return to the mainstream in the Falakata
area of Jalpaiguri District in West Bengal.
January 27: Two KLO militants, identified
as Amar Singha alias Abhijit Singh of Darjeeling District
and Indra Roy of Dhubri District, were arrested by the West Bengal
Police at Bhalka village of Cooch Behar District in West Bengal
bordering Assam. Five Subscriber Identity Module card cards of India
and Nepal, a cellular phone and a letter written by Amar were recovered
from their possession.
December 22: A Jalpaiguri court in
West Bengal acquits 13 KLO militants as the prosecution fails to
prove the charges brought against them.
October 29: A suspected KLO militant,
arrested in the Hazaribagh area of the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka
on October 27, confessed before the Police that the KLO chief Jibon
Singh was in Dhaka 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. Palash Das
Pushna alias Tapan Petowari was remanded in custody for five days,"
detective branch deputy commissioner Monirul Islam said in Dhaka.
October 27: A leader of the KLO,
a militant outfit active in the Indian States of Assam and West
Bengal, was arrested from capital Dhaka. The Assistant Commissioner
of Detective Branch, Sanwar Hossain, said that they had arrested
Tapan Petowari alias Palash Dey, a close aide to the KLO
chairman Jibon Singh and also his nephew, from the Hazaribagh area
of city on the charge of entering Bangladesh without a passport.
A case was filed with the Hazaribagh Police Station in this connection.
Deputy Commissioner Mohammed Monirul Islam said during primary interrogation,
Tapan said that he infiltrate into Bangladesh six years ago to escape
arrest in India and had been residing with his family in the Rangpur
October 20: The Bangladesh Government
on October 19 launched a massive operation for arresting some cadres
of two Indian militant outfits — United Liberation Front of Asom
(ULFA) and Kamtapur Liberation Organisation (KLO), including its
‘chief’ D.K. Roy, according to Sentinel. In the light of information
extracted from ‘military commander’ of the ULFA Bimol Roy during
his interrogation at the Task Force Interrogation (TFI) cell Security
Force personnel are trying to arrest the militants, sources close
to the TFI cell said. Bimol confessed that he was an active member
of ULFA, the sources said. D.K. Roy, chief of the KLO, provided
Bimol with shelter at his Dhaka’s Pallabi residence. D.K. Roy, who
is suspected to have stolen the Nobel Prize citation of Rabindranath
Tagore from Shanti Niketan in India, has been residing in Bangladesh
for many years, the sources added. A team of the Detective Branch
arrested Bimol from the Pallabi residence of D. K. Roy on October
6. After the expiry of remand, the Police also took Bimol on a fresh
three-day remand on October 8.
August 30: The KLO chief Jiban Singh's
sister and brother-in-law were arrested from a house of the Chakrashila
Wildlife Sanctuary Kokrajhar in an early morning operation by the
Security Force personnel. The couple, Sumitra Das and her husband,
Dhananjoy Barman, who is a 'second lieutenant' in the outfit, had
been taking shelter in a house belonging to a senior member of the
All Koch Rajbongshi Students Union (Biswajit faction), Dalim Choudhury,
with their two-year-old son. An Italian made 7.65mm pistol, four
bullets, two mobile handsets, five SIM cards, including two Bangladeshi
cards and BNR 100 were recovered from the possession of the couple.
The couple hails from Bolka Barobaisa of Jalpaiguri District in
West Bengal. "After operation All Clear (Operation Flushout) in
Bhutan, they went to Bangladesh and had been staying there. But
they came back recently and were taking shelter in Dalim Choudhury's
house," Kokrajhar Police station officer in-charge Haren Das said.
August 16: A KLO militant, identified
as Rabindra Nath Roy, was arrested from Kherbari village under Golokganj
Police station of Dhubri District.
August 10: The NDFB, ULFA, KLO of
Assam, Manipur Peoples Liberation Front (MPLF) of Manipur and Tripura
Peoples Democratic Front (TPDF) of Tripura jointly called a General
Strike from 1am (IST) to 6.30pm (IST) on August 15 in the Northeast
and called for to boycott of Independence Day.
June 4: A KLO militant, identified
as Bikash Roy (21), was arrested by the troops from Kherbari village
under Golokganj Police Station in Dhubri District. One fake identity
card of a railway officer was recovered from Bikash Roy with his
photo pasted on it.
March 10: Militant outfits like
the ULFA and KLO were reportedly on an extortion drive in different
villages of Dhubri District. These outfits were demanding INR 50,
000 to INR 500, 000 from middle class business men and service men
residing in various villages under Golokganj Police Station in Dhubri
District bordering Bangladesh and West Bengal. According to sources,
using the KLO letterhead and signing with its self styled ‘commander’
as S. Barman, a huge number of demand notes was served to many businessmen
and servicemen residing in the village of Kanur Bish Khowa, Ratiadaha,
Lakhimari and Rakhapat under Golokganj Police Station. In addition,
one Raju Borua, mentioning himself as ‘deputy chief’ of the ULFA
and using a cell phone bearing Bangladeshi No.– 008801190856310,
demanded money from some businessmen residing at villages in the
Dhubri District along the Assam-West Bengal border. The report adds
that one Ankur Bora, identifying himself as a ULFA leader, has also
demanded money from some businessmen communicating through a cell
March 9: Statesman quoting
intelligence sources reports that militants of different outfits
operating from the Indian soil, who are holed up in Bangladesh,
are reportedly shifting base towards Nepal and Bhutan. The report
adds that such movement could take place through North Bengal, increasing
security threats in the region prior to the Parliament elections.
Outfits like the KLO and the CPI-Maoist have been trying to build
organisational bases in Cooch Behar District and the adjoining areas.
The recent arrest of a suspected Maoist revealed their presence
in these parts.
February 22: A jute trader of Bogribari
area, identified as Kartick Sen, was abducted by a combined group
of suspected ULFA and KLO militants from his residence at Bogribari
Bazaar area in the Dhubri District. According to Police sources,
five motorcycle-borne militants called Kartik Sen out of his house
and took him away after opening fire in the air. Four years back,
Sen's eldest brother Ganesh Sen had been shot dead by the ULFA.
January 25: A KLO cadre,
Pankaj Deka, was arrested at an unspecified place under Golokganj
Police Station in the Dhubri District.
January 4: Two KLO cadres were arrested
in a joint operation by Police and personnel of the Jat Regiment
from Bogribari in the Dhubri District. Police recovered 10 rounds
of live ammunition, some documents of the outfit and extortion notes
December 18: Army personnel arrested
two KLO militants, identified as Manas Das alias Manu and Biswajit
Sarkar, from Gossaigaon in the Kokrajhar District. A 9-mm pistol,
two magazines, five rounds of live ammunition, 310 grams of brown
sugar, two cell phones, a PAN card and diaries were recovered from
December 4: The KLO, which was made
weak during the military operations in Bhutan in December 2003,
has started regrouping with active support from the ULFA. Ramanath
Roy, one of the two militants arrested at Baxirhat in the Cooch
Bihar district in September 2008, confessed during interrogation
that the outfit, in a desperate attempt to renew its activity, have
resumed training at the Chittagong hill tracts in Bangladesh with
active help from ULFA.
September 19: An unidentified KLO
militant was arrested from an unspecified place in the Kokrajhar
district on September 19-night.
September 8: A suspected militant
of the KLO, identified as Ramanath Roy was arrested from Laukuthighat
village in Baxirhat of Cooch Behar district, along the West Bengal-Assam
border. A revolver, three rounds of ammunition and documents were
seized from him. Police sources said that the militant, s resident
of Chhotoguma in Assam's Kokrajhar district had entered Cooch Behar
district to recruit cadres. District Superintendent of Police Devendra
Prakash Singh said, "The arrested militant had returned to India
in March after receiving arms training in Bangladesh. We arrested
him after receiving a tip-off." Police sources said Ramanath had
revealed a few names of KLO militants presently based in Chittagong
Hill Tracts in Bangladesh.
August 10: Four militant groups
- the KLO, Manipur People's Liberation Front, Tripura People's Democratic
Front and the ULFA - ask people in the Northeast region to boycott
the celebrations of Independence Day on August 15.
July 2: The West Bengal inspector-General
of Police (Law and Order), Raj Kanojia, said that the intelligence
wing has found enough proof to suggest that the KLO is trying to
regroup in three districts of north Bengal. "From inputs received
from the intelligence wing, we have come to know that a fresh batch
of KLO militants is trying to reorganise in Jalpaiguri, Malda and
parts of Dinajpur districts," Kanojia said in Siliguri.
April 30: A joint team of the Army
and Assam Police neutralised a ULFA transit camp at Bangshijhora
hill in the Dhubri district. An unnamed senior police officer said
the camp was frequently used by the ULFA, NDFB and KLO militants,
since they have some common areas of operation and used this vital
transit camp not only for shelter but also for ammunition supply.
Ten rounds of live ammunition of 12 bore pistols, seven rounds of
12 bore fired cases, eight live and five spent rounds of ammunition
of AK-47 rifles, 18 live and seven spent rounds of .22 pistols,
two blank detonators, 500 grams of explosive, one improvised explosive
device (IED), wires, one 7.62-mm magazine of LMG and one rotating
block of AK-56 were seized from the camp. A Global Positioning System
device, a digital diary, two blank extortion notes signed by the
'commandant of 709 battalion' of the ULFA, Hira Saraniya, a Chinese
camera, 20 kilograms of rice and one kilogram of Bengal gram were
April 26: An arms smuggler and
a linkman of the KLO, identified as Pradip Das alias Phagua, is
arrested from his house at Botun in Kumarganj of West Dinajpur district
in West Bengal. According to police sources, Das was regularly smuggling
arms to Bangladesh for the KLO and also helped the militants enter
and leave Bangladesh.
April 26: An arms smuggler and a
linkman of the KLO, identified as Pradip Das alias Phagua, is arrested
from his house at Botun in Kumarganj of West Dinajpur district in
West Bengal. Das was regularly smuggling arms to Bangladesh for
the KLO and also helped the militants enter and leave Bangladesh.
July 27: Ramchandra Roy alias Rakesh,
a Kamtapur Liberation Organisation (KLO) militant, and Ajoy Singha,
a linkman of the outfit, are arrested from Samuktala in the Jalpaiguri
December 25: A KLO militant, Swapan
Rai alias Rahul Rai, arrested from Tarchuk village by the Gouripur
police, is remanded to seven days police custody by the judicial
magistrate in Dhubri district.
November 21: Forensic experts and
Police suspect the involvement of the KLO along with ULFA in the
November 20-bomb blasts.
Central intelligence agencies say that the Jama'atul Mujahideen
Bangladesh (JMB) used the KLO to trigger the November 20-bomb blast.
November 20: At least 10 persons
are killed and 50 injured in a bomb blast inside a compartment of
the Haldibari-Siliguri Passenger train at Belacoba station in West
Bengal's Jalpaiguri district. The KLO's involvement is suspected
in the blast.
September 27: A KLO cadre, Ajit
Adhikary, is arrested by police from the Bhandijelas village in
the Cooch Behar district of West Bengal. The arrested militant was
trained under outfit’s chief, Jeevan Singha, in Bangladesh.
September 21: A new outfit, Darjeeling
Gorkha Maobadi Sangthan, has an operational alliance with the KLO,
which is fighting for a homeland for the Koch and Rajbongshi communities
in North Bengal.
August 10: The KLO along with MPLF,
NLFT, TPDF and ULFA in a joint statement call upon the people of
the North East region to boycott the Independence Day celebration
and also jointly call a 12-hour general strike.
May 29: Three KLO cadres, Nataraj,
Dilip and Manoj, are arrested from their hideout at Kharibari near
Siliguri in the Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal. According to
police sources, the three were arrested following the confession
of a ULFA cadre who was detained from the same locality on May 18.
May 24: Six KLO cadres are arrested
from different places in the Malda district of West Bengal. According
to police sources, one of the three, arrested from Kanturka village
under Habibpur police station, was involved in the murder of a CPI-M
leader about four months ago.
January 31: The six-month cease-fire
agreement earlier concluded between the Army authorities and eight
militant outfits, including the KLO, expires.
January 25: A hardcore KLO cadre, Bhabesh
Roy, is arrested along with seven linkmen of the outfit from Shamukhtala
in West Bengal’s Jalpaiguri district. Inspector General of Police
(North Bengal), Kishanlal Meena, said that Bhabesh was trained in
a militant training camp in Bangladesh’s Chattagram area and was
attached to the All Tripura Tiger Force (ATTF). The seven arrested
linkmen were allegedly working for the outfit in different areas
of North Bengal.
January 20: KLO calls for a general
strike on Republic Day (January 26) in the Northeastern States.
December 21: Home Minister says that
there is a nexus between the Nepalese Maoists and the ULFA and KLO.
He however says that there has been no exchange of weapons between
them, though there are reports of training of each other's cadres.
There are also reports of some people being taken for training to
Nepal and vice versa.
April 29: A front-ranking KLO leader,
Pulasta Burman, is arrested from Changrabandha near the Bangladesh
border in the Coochbehar district of West Bengal. The Inspector-General
of Police (North Bengal), K. L. Meena, says that Burman was arrested
when he crossed over to Changrabandha village in the Mekhliganj
sub-division area. Burman, one of the founder-members of the outlawed
KLO, is also a close associate of the group’s chief, Jiban Singha.
Burman had been evading arrest for the last few years after having
managed to flee the Bhutan army's operation against KLO camps in
the country's jungles during December 2003 to Bangladesh.
March 9: Union Home Minister, Shivraj
Patil, speaking in the Upper House of Indian Parliament (Rajya Sabha)
says that ULFA and KLO have forged links with the Maoist insurgents
January 20: ULFA, TPDF, KLO and MPLF
jointly appeal to the people of the North-east to boycott the Republic
Day celebrations on January 26 and call for a general strike on
November 19: Three KLO linkmen are
arrested in connection with the killing of a driver from Siliguri
in the Jalpaiguri district.
October 28: Two KLO militants, Parimal
Basunia alias Pramod Das and Pahar Singh alias Batrish Das, are
arrested from Jalpaiguri district of North Bengal and in Guwahati
September 5: West Bengal Police arrests
seven KLO militants from Mathabhanga in the Coochbehar district.
They also recover two kilograms of RDX, four AK-56 rifles, 12 magazines,
496 rounds of ammunition of AK-56, two M-20 pistols, 21 rounds of
M-20 ammunition from their possession.
August 9: At least eight persons suspected
to have links with the KLO are arrested from different parts of
the Coochbehar district in West Bengal.
August 8: Security forces kill a KLO
cadre in an encounter at Boxirhat in the Dhubri district of Assam.
August 8: Border Security Force (BSF)
sources say that KLO has recruited 20 youths, mostly from the Rajbanshi-
dominated parts of Jalpaiguri district in North Bengal. BSF Inspector
General Sukhjinder Singh Sandhu was says that these youths were
being trained at an unknown location in Bangladesh.
August 6: Two suspected KLO cadres,
Goutam Shil alias Bibek Barman and Nimai Dutta alias Bimal Barman,
are beaten to death by villagers at Bazitchatra in the Cooch Behar
March 13: KLO militants open indiscriminate
firing and kill two traders at Ranglajhar market under Moinagaon
police station in the Jalpaiguri district along the Assam-Bengal
border. Three others are injured in the firing.
February 24: A KLO cadre, Bhyamal Barman
alias Akshy Das, is arrested from Natabari village in the Coochbehar
district of West Bengal. He is reported to be a close associate
of KLO leader Tom Adhikari.
February 8: Two suspected KLO cadres
are arrested following raids at the Changimari and Pukari areas
of Kumaragram village in the Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal.
Four AK-56 rifles and 170 rounds of 7.62 mm ammunition are recovered
January 18: Cooch Behar Police arrest
three KLO linkmen from Buxirhat police station area on the charge
of sheltering terrorists.
January 18: North Bengal police intelligence
sources report that the fugitive KLO ‘commander-in-chief’ Jibon
Singha, now in Dhaka, is scheduled to meet the functionaries of
Pakistan’s external intelligence agency, ISI, in Bangladesh to seek
January 18: A KLO militant, identified
as Helatu Das, surrenders at the Kumargram police station in the
Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal.
January 17: West Bengal police arrests
eight linkmen (five from Falakata, two from Dhupguri and one from
Mainaguri) of the KLO in the Jalpaiguri district.
January 16: A relative of the West
Bengal Forest Minister Jogesh Burman, identified as Shyamal Roy,
is arrested at Jharbeltoli under Falakata Police Station in the
Jalpaiguri district for his alleged close links with the KLO. Police
sources say that Roy had given shelter to KLO cadres on several
occasions and has links with the outfit’s senior leaders like Tom
Adhikary, Milton Burman and Anirban Rava.
January 14: Suspected KLO militants
kill four civilians and injure several others in an attack on a
video parlour in West Bengal’s Cooch Behar district.
January 11: A KLO linkman, Meghnath
Roy, is arrested from Shidhabari under Alipurduar police station
limits in the Jalpaiguri district.
January 2: A KLO militant is shot dead
during an encounter with the police in the Jalpaiguri district.
December 29: Royal Bhutanese Army (RBA)
hands over 12 KLO cadres to the Indian Army. Jalpaiguri Divisional
Commissioner Balbir Ram says that the RBA handed over the cadres
at Binaguri cantonment in the Jalpaiguri district.
December 22: KLO in a press statement
released in the name of its ‘chairman’ Jibon Singha terms the military
offensive in Bhutan as unjustified. The statement says, "Bhutan
has inscribed the history of monumental betrayal by arresting and
extraditing our Central Committee members to India when they went
to negotiate with the authority of Bhutan in response to their invitation."
December 20: Top KLO leaders Tom Adhikari
and Milton Barman confess to the abduction and subsequent murder
of timber merchant Naresh Das from Kumargram in the Jalpaiguri district
of West Bengal in year 1998 in collaboration with the ULFA.
December 20: The 48-hour bandh (shutdown)
called by the KLO, ULFA and NDFB evokes a mixed response and partially
affects life in Assam. It was called in protest against the crackdown
launched by the RBA on their camps in Bhutan.
December 18: Reports suggest that KLO
chief Jibon Singha has been killed in the anti-insurgency operations
December 17: KLO senior leaders, Milton Burman and Tom Adhikary,
are arrested by the Royal Bhutan Army (RBA) during operations against
Indian terrorists based in Bhutanese territory.
December 3: Security forces recover the body of a surrendered KLO
cadre from Balapasa near the Assam-Bengal border.
November 1: The Jalpaiguri district police in North Bengal kill
two suspected KLO terrorists inside the Buxa Tiger Reserve near
the Indo- Bhutan border. Two AK-56 rifles and 59 rounds of ammunition
are recovered from the incident site.
- August 6: Northeast terrorist groups
including ULFA, NDFB, NLFT and KLO call for the boycott of Independence
Day (August 15) celebrations.
- July 23: Media reports say that the
81st National Assembly of Bhutan adopted a resolution for
‘the last attempt’ to persuade ULFA, NDFB and the KLO to close down
their camps within this year ‘peacefully’ failing which terrorists
would face ‘military action’.
- May 9: Chief of the Indian Army, General
N C Vij discusses the activities of ULFA, NDFB and KLO with the Bhutanese
- May 3: Report indicates that the Bhutanese
Government has asked Indian terrorist groups, including NDFB and ULFA
and the Kamtapur Liberation Organisation (KLO),
operating in parts of Assam and West Bengal to leave by June 15.
- February 15: Two KLO terrorists are
killed in an encounter at Kherabari, Gossaigaon police station limits,
December 5: A
KLO terrorist is arrested in Siliguri, West Bengal, while returning
to India from Nepal.
November 18: Two
KLO terrorists are arrested from a place under Bakshirhat police
station-limits, Cooch Behar district of West Bengal.
October 11: Terrorists
of the KLO kill a leader of the Democratic Youth Federation of India
(DYFI) in Bankachumari, Haat, Jalpaiguri district.
October 9: Two
terrorists of the KLO and a security force personnel are killed
in an encounter at Punki village, Jalpaiguri district, West Bengal.
October 1: A
KLO terrorist, who had received arms training in Bhutan, is arrested
from Baxirhat, Cooch Behar district, in West Bengal.
August 31: Two
KLO terrorists are killed in an encounter at Beltoli village, Cooch
Behar district, West Bengal.
West Bengal police arrest a timber
dealer in Takura forests of Haldibari, Cooch Behar district, for
allegedly supplying arms to KLO terrorists.
- August 29: A KLO terrorist is arrested
from his Nazijote hideout in West Bengal’s Siliguri district.
- August 28: A front-ranking terrorist
of the KLO, Rohini Adhikari, allegedly involved in the August 17-Dhuppuri
massacre, is killed in an encounter in Hamuktala, Jalpaiguri district,
- August 26: Six persons, including an
employee of the Cooch Behar district collectorate, is arrested in
the district for alleged links with the KLO.
- August 24: Inspector General of Police
(IGP) (North Bengal) Bhupinder Singh says terrorists belonging to
the ULFA and KLO have jointly carried out the August 17-terrorist
attack in Dhupguri,
- August 17: Terrorists of the KLO kill
five activists of the Communist Party of India––Marxist [CPI-M] and
injure 14 others at its local office in Dhupguri town, Jalpaiguri
district in West Bengal.
- August 5: Three KLO terrorists, including
its women’s wing chief Bharati Das, are arrested from Shaltali village,
Jalpaiguri district in West Bengal.
- May 26: Six Central Reserve Police Force
(CRPF) personnel are injured in a landmine blast triggered by terrorists
of the KLO at Kajulibasti, near the India-Bhutan border, Jalpaiguri
district in West Bengal.
- May 24: Two KLO terrorists are killed
and a police is personnel injured in an encounter in Dhumpara forests,
Jalpaiguri district in North Bengal.
- May 14: A KLO terrorist is killed in
an encounter near Siliguri in West Bengal. Two more terrorists manage
- January 31: Speaking at the Assam State
conference of the CPI-M in Guwahati, West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb
Bhattacharya accuses the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) of Pakistan
of backing terrorist outfits like the KLO to engage in subversive
activities in the region.
- October 22: Terrorists of the KLO kill
a leader of the Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP) in Madhya Haldibari
village, Jalpaiguri district in West Bengal.
- October 4: Union Ministry of Home affairs
convenes a joint meeting of officials from Assam and West Bengal to
review threats emanating from the increasing nexus between the ULFA
and the KLO.
- July 22: Bomb explosion is reported
at the Jalpaiguri railway station
- July 19: Speaking in the West Bengal
State Legislative Assembly, Chief Minister Buddhadev Bhattacharjee
says the KLO is receiving arms training from the ULFA, and if they
join with the Maoists in Nepal, a deadly situation could arise in
- July 15: Buddhadeb Bhattacharya says
the State government is prepared to talk on development issues in
North Bengal with the KPP if it leaves the path of militancy and gives
up its links with the KLO. He criticises the KLO for extorting money
in North Bengal for use by the KPP and for its linkages with the ULFA.
- October: A joint team of KLO and ULFA
terrorists abduct a tea garden owner.
- August 7: KLO terrorists kill a local
leader of the CPI-M in Jalpaiguri.
- May 4: Terrorists of the KLO kill a
local leader of the CPI-M at Ghogsapara, near the Assam-West Bengal
- November: KLO and ULFA terrorists loot
a railway cash counter near Siliguri
- July 1999: In the first reported KLO-ULFA
joint-armed operation, a tea garden owner is abducted from the Latabari
tea estate, Dooars region, North Bengal Also, it is the first time
that militants in north Bengal have used sophisticated arms like AK-47s.
- December 28: KLO is founded.
Note:Compiled from news reports and