Arrested Maoists planning to set up their camps in Myanmar

Two high-ranking Maoist guerrillas, arrested on Sunday in the capital, wanted to establish joint training camps in Myanmar. It has been said by the police after their examination on Friday that they were also working at forming a strong front in the northeast and in Jammu and Kashmir.

The pair, who belonged to the forbidden People’s Liberation Army (PLA), was identified as Arun Kumar Singh (30) and N. Dilip Singh (40). They were arrested from a hotel in centralDelhi’s Paharganj area on October 1.

While Dilip Singh is a “SS Captain and chief of external affairs” in PLA, Arun Kumar Singh had been serving as “lieutenant” in the outfit, police said. Both of them belonged to Imphal in Manipur. Police has said that they are also wanted in a case registered in Imphal for offences of salaried war, encouraging and raising funds for terrorist acts. Three laptops, one CD, three mobile phones and incriminating documents have been recovered from them.

“The incriminating material and documents proved their relationship with banned terrorist outfit People’s Liberation Army (PLA). A case under appropriate sections of law under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act has been registered,” said a senior police official.

Dilip Singh had come to Delhi from the northeast while Arun Kumar Singh had come from Pune where he was running a travel agency since 2008. During cross-examination, Dilip Singh revealed that he joined PLA in 1988 and got promoted to the rank of “Captain” in 2009.

Arun Kumar joined PLA in 1997 as a “Sepoy” and was “commissioned in June 2011 to the rank of Lieutenant”. “N. Dilip Singh had imparted training twice in 2009 and 2010, in basic military tactics, guerrilla warfare and wireless communication skills to the Maoist cadre of Orissa, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka,” added the officer.

The pair has planned to provide such training programs in 2012. They have also provided weapons and message equipment.

Crime Branch Pune had conducted a raid at the residence of Arun Kumar Singh in Pune from where it recovered his laptop and books containing incriminating material relating to Maoist ideology and books related to intelligence units of India. “The recovered material has been brought to Delhi for further examination. Further investigation of the case is in progress,” said the officer.

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