Kolkata: A top-ranking Maoist insurgent, lodged in jail in Bengal since 2012, has created history by clearing the State Eligibility Test (SET) in History.
SET is conducted for selection of candidates to be appointed as lecturer in state run colleges and universities.
Arnab Dam, a native of Subhashgram in South 24-Parganas district, was a student of mechanical engineering at IIT Kharagpur.
While studying there, Dam got introduced to Far Left politics and eventually quit studies to join insurgency.
Dam acquired a new name Bikram. Being a youth with sharp brain, he soon rose to become the general secretary of Bengal-Odisha regional committee of the proscribed CPI (Maoist).
Under his leadership, the Maoist insurgents carried out several daring attacks on security forces, including on the Eastern Frontier Rifles (EFR) camp at Silda in West Midnapore.
But in 2012, police managed to arrest him from Purulia district and was sent to the Alipore Correctional Home in Kolkata. Later, he was relocated to the Presidency Correctional Home.
Being lodged in jail, Dam resumed studies. He completed BA in History in the distance mode from IGNOU and passed with 65 per cent marks.
Not stopping at this, he then pursued MA in History and qualified by securing 66.4 per cent marks.
With a master’s degree to his credit, the jailed Maoist leader appeared in the SET for History conducted by the West Bengal College Service Commission earlier this year.
On Friday, the Presidency Correctional Home authorities sent the result of Dam’s SET exam to his father by Speed Post. It shows that the once dreaded militant has cleared the exam.
The wait is now for Dam to get recruited as a lecturer in history and give the finishing touch to the history that he has created.