|Nabanu Burman (in green outfit) in police custody (Photo: Sudip Roy Choudhury)|
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
KLO Top Brass Nabanu in Police Custody for Seven Days
MALDA APR 4: KLO top brass Nabanu Burman (27), who had been arrested on 29 March from Bangaluru, was produced in Malda court today. Chief judicial magistrate today ordered to keep him in police custody for seven days. He was brought to Malda on Thursday night by train.
Police sources informed that Nabanu was involved in firing on a passenger bus on 27 December night at Kalipukur area in Habibpur police station. He fired from his 9 mm pistol. He was allegedly involved in an explosion in Gazole last year that claimed a life.
After the bus firing incident police claimed to arrest some KLO militants who reportedly disclosed names of Kumud Mandal, Malkhan Singh and Nabanu. In January police issued public posters with photographs of Malkhan, Nabanu and Kumud seeking information about the trio against reward. Kumud alias Jhaksu was arrested then but Malkhan is still out of police’s reach.
Police informed that Nabanu received arms training in Bhutan and Bangladesh along with KLO commandant Malkhan Singh. He first worked as Malkhan’s security and was later promoted as the second lieutenant. He was the second in command in KLO as learnt from intelligence sources. It has further been learnt from intelligence sources that Nabanu had skill of handling any sort of firearms.
Recently, interrogating other arrested KLO militants police came to that Nabanu hid in Bangalore as a labourer. Accordingly a police team went there and arrested him.
However, Malkhan gave police a slip on 30 March night though there was reportedly a heavy encounter between police and Malkhan.
Malda SP Rajesh Yadav said that police would try to gather more information about disruptive activities of KLO as well as Malkhan by interrogating Nabanu.
Meanwhile, out of 10 persons who were arrested in firing on bus case, three have been released on bail as reportedly charge sheet could not be place against them in time. KPP leader Subhash Burman, Falen Burman and Chhoton Roy have been freed on bail. But Sadhu Das, Kumud Mandal, Kumud Roy, Uttam Mandal, Sanjay Burman, Bankim Baidya and Nabanu Burman are still in jail.
Recently KPP leader Subhash Burman alleged that police had a hidden link with Malkhan and so he was not being arrested. “Innocent people are arrested by police so that Malkhan can move freely and attention of people could be diverted,” he claimed.