J'khand govt aware of ANLA rebels trained by Maoists: CM

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Ranchi, Jul 31 (UNI) The Jharkhand government was aware that some rebel groups from Assam were taking training under Maoists in Jharkhand, Chief Minister Madhu Koda today said adding the Central and state governments were sharing intelligence inputs regarding the matter.

He said the government was taking measures not to 'let the situation go beyond control.' Reports suggested that Adivasi National Liberation Army(ANLA), floated in 2004 in Assam and dedicated for the cause of tea tribals living there, had sent some 24 cadres recently to Jharkhand to be trained by the Maoists.' The Chief Minister said he had intelligence inputs about the development and both the states in collaboraion with the Centre were monitoring the development.

Mr Koda also admitted that Maoists from Nepal also were sneaking into this state.

''We have got tips and are monitoring their activities based on the intelligence reports we have got,'' he said.

The ANLA cadre's sneaking into Jharkhand to undergo training under Maoists had appeared in a section of media.

The ANLA had worked behind the scenes to create trouble during an Adivasi rally in Beltola near Assam Assembly last year.

The outfit since inception has grown into the strength of about 400 with more than 50 AK rifles, about 30 carbines, 500 revolvers, five light machine guns, and 500 grenades.

UNI PRS KK KK ND1754

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