Two DNLA linkmen held, ops on to bust extortion racket

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HT Correspondent

HAFLONG, May 6: Police have arrested two linkmen of Dimasa National Liberation Army (DNLA) in a surprise raid from Langting in Dima Hasao district on Sunday night.

Informing this here on Monday, the district police chief Sreejith T said that the duo had been running an extortion racket in both Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao districts. “Police are now launching offensive to bust the racket in both the hill districts,” he said.

Acting on specific intelligence input, a team of police led by Maibang SDPO Padmanath Baruah conducted a raid in the area and caught the two linkmen of the outfit – Bopan Naiding (25) son of late Lobando Naiding of village Thaijudisabra under Langting PS and Londip Sorangphang (19) son of late Gunadhar Sorangphang of village Misabdaijan under Diphu PS in Karbi Anglong.

“During interrogation Longdip Sorangphang who is brother of active DNLA militant, confessed that he had come to Langting on April 21 and stayed at Bapon Naiding’s house,” the SP said.

“Sorangphang has collected information on contractors and businessmen in order to carry out extortion. Sorangphang had earlier made several extortion bids in Dhansiri area in Karbi Anglong district, but couldn’t succeed as the victims had informed police. “The victims are now kept under close observation by our police team,” he added.

“The outfit had also influenced several youths over telephone to be part of it, on receiving information we have kept the victim under counselling. Active operation is on by security forces in Karbi Anglong, Dima Hasao and Dimapur against the armed outfit. We have alerted all gaon buras and Village Defense Party (VDP) to immediately inform the police if any suspect is spotted in their respective areas,” the SP added.

The apprehensions will definitely impede the activities of DNLA in Dima Hasao. The newly-floated outfit of seven to eight members, which called for a 36-hour bandh in Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao on April 18, during the second phase of Lok Sabha elections, has no base in district, Sreejith claimed.

The DNLA which announced its formation in early part of April this year, is committed to revamp the national struggle and fight for the liberation of a sovereign, Independent Dimasa Nation.

Earlier on Friday, troops of Red Horns Division of the Indian Army apprehended two militants of DNLA and recovered one factory made .22mm pistol along with ammunition and fake currencies.

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