Government declares KLO a banned terrorist group
NEW DELHI: Kamatapur Liberation Organisation (KLO), a
militant outfit which operates in West Bengal and Assam and is fighting for a
sovereign state, has been declared a banned terrorist group by the government.
In a gazette notification, the Home Ministry said that
exercising the powers conferred under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act,
1967, the central government proposes to add Kamatapur Liberation Organisation
and all its formation and front organisations as a terrorist organisation.
KLO, which came into existence in 1993 has been
consolidating its position in the fourteen districts in Assam and six districts
in West Bengal both organisationally and in terms of weapons and cadres and to
achieve the objective of a separate “sovereign Kamatapur state.”
The outfit is also resorting to terrorism in the form
of killing of innocent civilians and security forces and engaging in other
violent activities including looting, kidnapping, landmine and bomb blasts, the
KLO was formed to address problems of the Koch Rajbongshi
community and perceived neglect of Kamtapuri language, identity and grievances
of economic deprivation of the community.