Guwahati, May 22, 2019:
The security forces apprehended an active cadre of the militant outfit, Karbi People’s Liberation Tiger (KPLT) after a heavy gun battle between the two sides.
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The apprehended cadre has been identified as self-styled deputy chairman, Jiyo Tungjang alias Mensing Tokbi. The security forces seized one 7.65 pistol, 5 rounds of live bullets, one magazine, and one mobile phone from his possession.
As per the official sources, the KPLT cadre revealed that the militant groups in the hilly areas have increased their activities and are well equipped with arms and ammunition.
Further investigation is on.
It may be mentioned that the Karbi People’s Liberation Tiger (KPLT), earlier known as Anti-Talks Factions of Karbi Longri North Cachar Hills Liberation Front (KLNLF-ATF) was formed at an undisclosed location on January 8, 2011. The outfit was formed with 25 cadres of KLNLF-ATF who formally rechristened itself as KPLT. The KLNLF-ATF was a breakaway faction of the Karbi Longri National Liberation Front (KLNLF), which had laid down arms on February 11, 2010.
KPLT is formed with an objective of carving an Autonomous Karbi State (AKS) out of Assam. KPLT has its base in Dima Hasao district of Assam and parts of Arunachal Pradesh. However, the outfit is most active in the Karbi Anglong district of Assam.
The KPLT has links with the Anti-Talk faction of National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB-ATF), another militant outfit of Assam and reportedly with Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland-Khaplang (NSCN-K).
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