DIPHU, Oct 13: Former militant leader and chairman of Karbi Anglong Chambers of Commerce (KACC) and BJP leader Augustine Karmsa was arrested from 5 Mile on Diphu Manja Road on Sunday morning in connection with a land grabbing and threatening case.
A case (No 37/2019 under section 120(B) /447/506/387/109 of IPC read with sections 25 (1-A) of Arms Act was registered in Dillai police station.
Kramsa was produced before the court of the judicial magistrate on Sunday who remanded him to two-day police custody.
“Agustine Kramsa, son of Samuel Kramsa, resident of Men Tila under Diphu police station in Karbi Anglong district was arrested in connection with a case registered in Dillai police station,” a senior police official said.
The arrest was made following an FIR lodged by David Engleng and Pradip Engleng of threatening them by showing arms in public.
Kramasa had illegally obtained pattas for 800 bighas of land along Nagaland border, where he had settled with encroachers from Nagaland.
However, Engleng in a written complaint to Karbi Anglong superintendent of police alleged that Kramsa along with the settlers used to threaten them. They carry with them sophisticated fire arms like AK 47, AK 56, SLR, LMG and others, they alleged.
In the complaint, Engleng also mentioned the number of a vehicle bearing No AS09F8080 Ford Endeavour car driven by Kramsa used in the crime.
Engleng said in the complaint that Kramsa used to threaten the villagers in public not to report the matter to the authority and if they do there will be serious consequences.
Kramsa was an active leader of United People’s Democratic solidarity (UPDS). He was also involved in several other militant outfits after the UPDS came to the mainstream. Kramsa has been running a traders body Karbi Anglong Chambers of Commerce (KACC). He had also joined the BJP ahead of 2016 assembly elections.