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September 04, 2010

With Bangladesh cracking the whip... NE insurgent groups shift base to Myanmar

Agartala, Sep 3 : With crackdowns on their camps in neighbouring Bangla-desh, ultras of the North- east are now shifting base to Myanmar, a top police official said today.
"Overall, insurgency is on the wane due to crackdown on ultras in Bangla- desh by their security forces, so different insurgent outfits are now shifting their bases to Myanmar," Pranay Sahaya, Director General of Tripura Police, told reporters here.
The issue came up at the conference of DGPs in New Delhi last month, which was addressed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Union Home Minister P Chidambaram and Home Secretary G K Pillai among others, he said.
"All the underground groups including ULFA are under extreme pressure in Bangladesh and are shifting their bases to Myanmar, taking advantage of the long porous and unfenced border which is not properly policed," Sahaya said.
Outfits like ULFA, KNLF and UNLF have already shifted their bases to Myanmar which has a 1650-km long border with India, according to reports, he said.
The DGP said the Centre has already taken up with the Myanmar government the issue of their soil being used by insurgents from Northeast India.
The Centre has taken the initiative to fence most borders of the country and coastal security has become very important to watch the movement of terrorists, he said.
The Bangladesh Army recently destroyed three camps of the banned National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT) in Khagra-cherri district of Bangla- desh.
Sahaya said the ISI is still trying to network among the different insurgent groups of our country and funding them through agents in countries like Bangladesh, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Maldives.
However, he said overall insurgency has been declining.
In 2008, there were a total of 1561 insurgency-related incidents in the region.
The number went down to 1296 in 2009 and upto August 15 this year it was only 464, he said, adding, a number of insurgency-related incidents took place in Assam and Manipur.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has appreciated Tripura police for containing insurgency and the State government for it's good governance, the DGP said.
Some years back, the Bhutanese Army had also cracked down on the camps and safe havens of the ULFA, leading to a mass exodus from the Himalayan kingdom and forcing the armed outfit to look for safer climes—PTI

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