DNLA Trainer John Dimasa Arrested

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DIPHU/HAFLONG, Aug 13: In a major success for security agencies ahead of Independence Day, John Dimasa, a hardcore cadre of Dimasa National Liberation Army (DNLA) was nabbed by a joint team of army and police from Dhansiri area in a wee hour at around 2 am on Tuesday morning. The arrested DNLA member was identified as John Dimasa.

The 24 years old Betsing Jigdung popularly known as John Dimasa in the underground circle, also known as ‘Master,’ was nabbed from Kherbari area under Dhansiri during a joint operation launched after receiving specific information about his presence in the area. Dimasa was nabbed by a joint team of army and police comprising a squad from the12 Garhwal and Karbi Anglong police. The team also recovered a 9 mm pistol, one magazine and three rounds of 9 mm bullets from his possession.

According to police, Betsing Jigdung alias John Dimasa, s/o. Sri Sharma Jigdung of Daudikho village, Samnala, Diphu, has been a cadre of the UPLF group and was an active member from July 2014 and surrendered in 2016. The cadre again joined the DNLA outfit in January 2019 and was given the responsibility for recruitment and training of the new cadres joining the said outfit and specializes in weapon training and jungle tactics. He was appointed as corporal and training instructor bearing army no. 1991. He has also been involved in extortion and arms deal between the NSCN (IM) under whose aegis the DNLA has taken shelter. He had also featured in a viral video released by the outfit in which Jigdung was seen talking of uniting the Dimasa people and building of a separate state for the Dimasas.

“With the arrest of the trainer and lieutenant rank of the militant group, we hope that we will soon be able to terminate them and counter insurgency operation had been already launched in the district to tackle all militants groups,” said Karbi Anglong’s Addl. SP Indranil Barua.

Earlier the outfit called for 36 hour bandh amid Lok Sabha election in Assam’s Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao against the Citizen Amendment Bill (CAB), 2019, fearing low voters turnout in the hills district. However it didn’t affect the voters’ turnout.

A case (No. 33/19) was registered under sections 120(B)/121/122/171(C)/ 506 of the IPC with Haflong police station against the arrested person. Altogether ten linkmen and cadres had been apprehended including one from Sultanpur in Uttar Pradesh.

“We had alerted all VDPs and gaon buras or village headman to immediately inform the police if they spot any suspect in their locality. Through them we also found out that several youths are intending to join the militants group and therefore, counseling was abruptly held on their behalf,” SP added. Further interrogation and investigation is on, he informed.