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An Assam Maoist case involves a man from West Bengal arrested by the NIA

An NIA agent arrested a 37-year-old west Bengali man in Assam’s Cachar district in connection with the CPI (Maoist) case.

NIA issued a statement on Monday identifying the arrested as Samrat Chakraborty, who also goes by names like Amir, Argha, Nirmal, Nirman, and Nilkamal Sikdar. According to the statement, he was arrested near Narayana School on Kalyani Expressway in Mahispata.

The case involves the arrest of veteran Maoist leader Arun Kumar Bhattacharjee alias Jyotish, alias Kabir, alias Kanak, alias Kanchan da of West Bengal, a central committee member as well as an ideologue and strategist for the CPI(Maoist). Kanchan Da was assigned the task of setting up the CPI Maoist organization in Assam and spreading its roots in the North-East and Assam in general, according to the statement.

Six arrested accused persons were charged on September 2 in the special NIA court at Guwahati, Assam, according to the statement.

According to the report, further investigation into the case revealed that the accused Chakraborty was a West Bengal-based member of the CPI (Maoist).

The NIA statement said Chakraborty served as a link between the top hierarchy of the CPI (Maoist) and the arrested Kanchan Da, who was operating from a hideout in Assam.

In accordance with the specific instructions of the eastern regional bureau of the party, Chakraborty had visited Cachar several times to assist Bhattacharjee to further CPI (Maoist) activities in Assam and northeastern states. In addition, further investigations are underway in the case.

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