Guwahati: A CPI (Maoist) politburo member, identified as Ankul Chandra Naskar alias Pareshda has been arrested from Silchar in Assam’s Cachar district, the police said on Friday. 65 year old Naskar was wanted for his involvement in several cases.

Naskar was apprehended by a joint team of Assam police and special intelligence branch of Andhra Pradesh Police on Wednesday and was brought to Guwahati for interrogation on Thursday.

Naskar was a leader of the outfit’s eastern wing and was wanted for his association in several cases in Andhra Pradesh, the police said.

Taking him into custody here for five days, the police would interrogate him before handing him over to the Andhra Pradesh Police.

On being asked by the reporters regarding his arrest, Naskar said, "I don't know. They (police) are claiming that I am a Maoist".

The police said Naskar, who hails from Balia area under Sonarpur Police Station in South 24 Parganas district of West Bengal, had joined the Maoist Communist Centre (MCC) in 1967.

He became a central committee and Politburo member in 1985 after MCC and People's War Group merged to form CPI (Maoist) in 2004.

Stating that he was also a monitor of the outfit's eastern wing which includes West Bengal, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura and Jharkhand, the police said Naskar had come to Assam to strengthen the Maoists’ links with the underground groups of Manipur and Tripura.

The police added that Naskar was also here to help recently arrested CPI (Maoist)'s central training unit instructor Siraj Rabha and develop links with Manipur-based People's Liberation Army (PLA) to procure arms and train their fresh recruits.

(Agencies)

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