India’s NIA arrests senior Maoist activist in West Bengal

New Delhi, September 20 (KMS): Indian police arrested senior activist of Communist Party of India (Maoist) Samrat Chakraborty alias “Nilkamal Sikdar” in West Bengal in a case related to setting up units of the party in Assam.

An NIA spokesperson said that Chakraborty (37), a resident of Seth Bagan Road, North 24 Parganas district, was also known as “Amit, Argha, Nirmal and Nirman”. He was arrested from Mahispata, near Narayana School on the Kalyani Expressway, he said.

The NIA said the case is related to the arrest of veteran Maoist leader Arun Kumar Bhattacharjee of West Bengal, a central committee member, and an ideologue and strategist of the CPI (Maoist).

Bhattacharjee had been assigned the task to establish CPI (Maoist)in Assam and to further spread the roots of the group in the state in general and the northeast in particular, the spokesperson claimed.

On September 2, the agency had filed a charge sheet against six arrested accused, including Bhattacharjee, in the special NIA court in Guwahati.

The official said Chakraborty had visited Cachar district of Assam on several occasions to assist Bhattacharjee in furthering the activities of the CPI (Maoist) organisation in the northeastern states on the specific instructions of the eastern regional bureau of the party.

Further investigations in the case are in progress, the spokesperson added.

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