Malkhan tried to seek refuge in B’desh: Intelligence sources
Statesman News Service
Malda, 6 January
District police, after being almost sure that KLO commander Malkhan Singh alias Madhab Mandal himself led the firing on the passenger-packed bus on 27 December at Kalipukur in the Habibpur police station area, are now sparing no means to nab him and his three other associates, including another alleged militant Kumud Roy.
Police have already booked three persons in connection with the firing on the bus. The Central committee member of Kamtapur People&’s Party (KPP), Subhash Burman and two other alleged KLO activists Falen Burman and Choton Roy are now being grilled by police. Subhash Burman and Falen Burman would again be produced in court on 9 January while Choton would be produced on 11 January.
Police sources informed that Choton Roy during interrogation informed police that six KLO militants, including Malkhan Singh and Kumud Roy, reached Kalipukur on 27 December riding two motorcycles. Malkhan himself, who was riding pillion on Choton&’s motorcycle, fired 11 rounds while rest of the five rounds were fired by Kumud as informed by Choton, the police sources said.
Six empty bullet-shells recovered from the spot on 28 December by police were sent for forensic report. Police have already received the report which says that 11 bullets were used from AK47 while five other bullets were fired from a 9 mm pistol, police sources informed.
Though the top brass of district police are tightlipped in this regard, sources informed that Choton Roy&’s confession and forensic report together convinced police of Malkhan&’s direct involvement in the firing on the bus.
The SP, Malda, Mr Kalyan Mukherjee, said: “Police have obtained crucial information regarding firing on the bus incident. The investigation is almost over. Six militants were involved in the attack. There aim was to generate scare before the martyrs’ day and foundation day of KLO on 28 and 29 December.”
“They had target to organise few more disruptive activities which were thwarted by police initiatives,” Mr Mukherjee informed.
Intelligence sources informed that Malkhan, who fled from the area after the incident, tried to seek refuge in Bangladesh but could not succeed following high alert in the border following unrest in Bangladesh. All borders were sealed so that Malkhan could not flee, the sources informed.
Another intelligence source informed that acting on a tip-off police raided a house at Shirshi-Kalaibari village in the Habibpur police station area. But Malkhan again managed to flee.
The intelligence sources apprehended that
some police personnel might have connection with Malkhan.
A senior police official, on condition of anonymity, said: “Malkhan possesses most modern arms. He is now on run with one or two of his companions. He has offered arms-training to some youths. Police have been looking for those who are helping him.”
Meanwhile, a team of intelligence wing has come to Malda to find suitable spot for opening a bureau office with regard to increase in KLO activities and peddling of fake-currencies. However, district police officials preferred to remain tightlipped in this regard.