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Monday, April 14, 2014

KLO Northern Chief Malkhan Singh in Cop-net: Dedaly Weapon, Fake currencies Recovered

Malda, 13 April, 2014: In the biggest breakthrough in recent years Malda police in joint operation with Central forces succeeded to arrest the “most wanted” KLO militant and the northern chief of the organization Malkhan Singh alias Madhab Mandal (32) around 2 am on Sunday from Jamalpur forest of Mangalpura gram panchayat in Habibpur police station.

A most-modern foreign made automated rifle of HK-33 series, 112 cartridges of 5.56 mm, Rs 40,000 cash and counterfeited currencies of Rs 85,000 were recovered from Malkhan. After he was produced in court today, chief judicial magistrate Sumitra Deb ordered to keep Malkhan Singh in police custody for 14 days.

Malkhan Singh in police custody on Sunday 
At least nine serious cases under non-bailable sections like murder, abductions, threat to kill, fake currecies peddling are there against Mlkhan. He was prime accused in bus-firing case at Kalipukur area in Habibpur on 27 December, killing of a BJP leader Nripen Mandal in Habibpur on 16 June, 2013 and an explosion in Gazole on 25 June, 2013 that claimed a life.

Police sources informed that Malkhan, during an extensive interrogation for over ours, admitted his involvement in those cases. “Malkhan informed us that he killed the BJP leader to capture the locality. His motive behind Gazole explosion was to create terror at the locality. He has admitted that after the bus owner denied to pay him the hefty amount demanded by him, he fired on the bus in December, last year,” a senior police officer said. He added that Malkhan informed that he regularly visited Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan for keeping connection with KLO’s top leaders.

DIG Satyajit Bandyopadhyay showing weapons recovered from Malkhan Singh

DIG, Malda range Satyajit Bandyopadhyay along with Malda SP Rupesh Kumar, additional SP Shyam Singh, DSP (Headquarters) Siddharth Dorji, and police officers of Habibpur and Bamangola police stations who joined the operation to arrest Malkhan early this morning told the reporters that acting on a tip off a special team of police from Habibpur and Bamangola police stations arrested Malkhan from dense forest of Jamalpur quite early this morning. Prior to the police operation the forest was encircled by SSB jawans of 40th battalion.

Bandyopadhyay added that Malkhan was to hold a meeting in the forest. However, no other KLO militant was present there. The DIG informed that Malkhan underwent arms training in Bhutan border in 2000 and was thereafter appointed chief of fourth battalion of KLO. Malkhan directed several militant and disruptive activities in North Bengal in recent times.

He said, “Malkhan was adept in using firearms of any category and skilled in explosion of grenades too. The automated HK-33 rifle that was recovered from Malkhan’s custody is generally used by Bodo militants. Malkhan got it from an Assam based  militant outfit one and a half years back.”

The DIG said, “Malkhan’s arrest before the general election is indeed a huge success. Those police personnel who conducted the operation to arrest Malkhan would be rewarded.” He added that while escaping a police operation recently in Gazole, Malkhan got a knee-injury. Before he was produced in court today, police took him to Bulbulchandi rural hospital for medical checkup.

Senior police officials hoped that Malkhan’s arrest would help them gather crucial information about KLO top-boss Jiban Singha.

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