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Arrested miscreants planned sabotage to paralyze Manipur economically

SILCHAR, Sept 16: The four saboteurs identified as Mostor Ali Laskar (62), Afzal Hussain Laskar (23), Azmal Hussain Laskar (27) and Atabur Rahman Laskar (32), who fell into security dragnet on Tuesday in a joint operation of Assam Rifles and Assam Police, with the blue-print to blow up Barak and Fulertal brides, came out with startling revelations during interrogations by higher police officials as well as intelligence, central and state. In their failure to target either of the major bridges, they were planning to blow up other bridges in between.
In fact, in the wake of turmoil in Manipur over the issue of ILP and 3 Bills, vigilance and alertness by security forces have been tightened in the Lakhipur sub-division area through which the important link National Highway passes to Manipur. It also came to light that they were working as the conduits of Naga rebel group, NSCN (K). Sufficient indications about it emerged from their sustained interrogations. Their plan to cause disruptions in communications to paralyze Manipur economically was to be operated within the next two or three days.
As one top police officer said there is sufficient ground to believe after preliminary interrogation that the four persons have established link with Khaplang group. It is also likely that other allies of NSCN (K) might be lending support. An important angle which has come out is that Mostor Ali Laskar and his two sons Afzal Hussain Laskar and Azmal Hussain Laskar who come from the same village of Tulagram Part II have developed intimacy with Atabur Rahman Laskar of Tulagram Part I.
The nexus or closeness has not been without any motive. All the three Aftabur, Afzal and Ajmal have been involved in timber-smuggling from Manipur through river Barak. The timbers sailing through Barak are then loaded in the jungle infested areas up valley. It is this clandestine business which brought them closer to NSCN (K). Aftabur, who is a Congress worker, was in business in Nagaland. It was during his stay there that he came in touch with the Naga group.
The house of Aftabur, as disclosed, was the rendezvous for closeness with Khaplang faction. It was clear that the Nagas being unhappy with the Bills passed by the Manipur Assembly, Khaplang group wanted the four persons to carry out the sabotage or subversive in order to create pressure on economic front of the state. Interestingly, another angle has been pointed out by central intelligence which does not rule out the involvement of ISI of Pakistan which has been active to provide all sorts of logistic and material support to the northeast militants in general.
It is also surmised that the huge explosives and other accessories were supplied by the ISI. It is on record that the now defunct People’s United Liberation Front (PULF) of Manipur got all sorts of help and boost up from Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). The four linkmen have also been carrying out extortions in vulnerable pockets of Cachar-Manipur border areas. The map seized from their possession indicated their sinister design. Further grilling is likely to reveal many more facts about their future plan of action. (Source: SentinelAssam)

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