Mihir Barman, 36, better known as Jewel Garlossa, head of the dreaded Black Widow, aka Dima Halam Daogah or DHD (Jewel) group, spent a part of the crores of rupees his outfit extorted from companies and individuals in the North Cachar Hills in Assam on facials, massages and colognes every month. Besides splurging on women.
The Assam Police had on Wednesday night arrested Garlossa from a gym in Bangalore. He then led the police to an apartment rented by his friend and HSBC employee Samir Ahmed on Bannerughatta Road.
Ahmed and another DHD-J militant, Ashringdaw Warisa, were arrested from that apartment.
“He led a very luxurious life,” said Assam Police chief GM Srivastava. “His average monthly bill on cosmetics and body massages was over Rs 60,000.”
Garlossa used a large chunk of the extortion money his field operatives collected on women. He had reportedly killed his Dimasa wife for a Naga woman before falling for a Nepalese social worker in Kathmandu.
“He had been in Bangalore for almost two months to get a fake passport in the name of Debujith Sinha. He had already obtained a PAN card and driving license in that name,” Srivastava said.
He added that Garlossa used Nepal as a base for some time and obtained a Nepalese passport in the name of Bir Bahadur Chettri.
Garlossa had also bought two luxurious houses, one in Kathmandu and the other at Bhairava on the Nepal-Uttar Pradesh border. The Nepali woman used to shuttle between the two houses.
The police refused to divulge the identity of the Nepalese woman, since “efforts were on at diplomatic levels” to get to her.
“She has been providing logistic support to other DHD-J rebels including the outfit’s commander-in-chief Niranjan Hojai, who she treats like a brother,” a senior police officer said.
Hojai, who has a Chinese woman as companion, is believed to be in a Southeast Asian country, probably Thailand.
A resident of Dimasa village in southern Assam’s Cachar district, Garlossa studied in NC Hills headquarters Haflong, but quit before he could graduate.
Intelligence officials said he could have made it as a painter or musician – he reportedly worked magic on the Hawaiian guitar – but chose to join the underground movement.
Indoctrinated by a Dimasa ideologue named Bejoy Neidung, Garlossa and others floated the Dimasa National Security Force (DNSF) in 1991. Most of the DNSF leaders surrendered in 1995, but Garlossa and fellow rebel Dilip Nunisa walked out to form the DHD. Nunisa, however, called truce on January 1, 2004.
Yet again, Garlossa refused to come ‘overground’ and formed the DHD-J in 2003. Since then, he and his band of 150-odd rebels have been holding the North Cachar Hills district of Assam to ransom since 2004. DHD-J’s prime objective is the creation of a Dimaraji homeland for his Dimasa tribe.