Kamtapur Liberation Organisation

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Kamtapur Liberation Organisation
Participant in Insurgency in Northeast India
Flag of the Kamtapur Liberation Organisation.png
Flag of the Kamtapur Liberation Organisation
Active 1995 – present
Ideology Kamtapuri nationalism
Separatism
Socialism
Leaders Jibon Singha
Milton Burman
Area of operations Northeast India and West Bengal
Opponents  India[1]
 Bangladesh

The Kamtapur Liberation Organisation (abbreviated KLO) is a militant organisation based in Northeast India whose objective is to carve out a separate Kamtapur nation from India. The proposed state is to comprise six districts in West Bengal and four contiguous districts of Assam which are Cooch Behar, Darjeeling, Jalpaiguri, North and South Dinajpur and Malda, Kokrajhar, Bongaigaon, Dhubri and Goalpara, Kishanganj districts in Bihar and Jhapa Disstt. in Nepal. The KLO was formed to address problems of the Koch Rajbongshi people such as large-scale unemployment, land alienation, perceived neglect of Kamtapuri language, identity, and grievances of economic deprivation .[2]

History[edit]

The beginning of the Kamtapur Liberation Organisation (KLO) can be traced to the attempts of certain members of the Koch Rajbongshi people belonging to the All Kamtapur Students Union (AKSU) to organise an armed struggle for a separate Kamtapur nation. For this purpose, they approached the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA). The KLO came into existence on December 28, 1995.

Leadership and organisation[edit]

Tamir Das alias Jibon Singha is the chairman of the KLO. He was arrested in October 1999 but regained control over the outfit after he was released by the Assam Police in a bid to make the other KLO cadres surrender. Milton Burman alias Mihir Das is the second in command of the outfit.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20150322081157/http://www.nia.gov.in/banned_org.aspx. Archived from the original on 22 March 2015. Retrieved 10 September 2017.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ South Asia Terrorism Portal (SATP) on KLO

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