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NE rebels plan to work under one umbrella: Intelligence sources

(Correspondent), IMPHAL, Jul 14
Published on 15 Jul. 2011 1:28 AM IST
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Intelligences view the formation of a ‘Coordination Committee’ of seven rebel groups of Manipur as a step towards building a common platform of the rebel groups in the Northeastern region of the country and work under an umbrella so as to raise the total strength to at least 30,000 armed cadres to seek military assistant from China. The Coordination Committee of the seven underground groups was formed in a joint meeting held on July 8 and 9 last, according to a joint statement dispatched to the media houses in Imphal on Wednesday.
The seven groups include Kangleipak Communist Party (KCP), Kanglei Yawol Kanna Lup (KYKL), People Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak (PREPAK), Revolutionary People’s Front (RPF), political wing of People Liberation Army (PLA), United National Liberation Front (UNLF), United People’s Party of Kangleipak (UPPK) and PREPAK (Pro).
An intelligence officer of the Manipur police department said that they have learnt, as early as in August last year that northeast rebel groups are working out strategies to build up a common platform and work under an umbrella so as to raise the total strength to at least 30,000 armed cadres.
The task has been taken up following an assurance from the Chinese to provide military assistant if they have a strength at least 30,000 strength or above.
Intelligence report had already revealed that some outfits in operating in Manipur had already started discussion on keeping all the like minded groups under one umbrella. The first such meeting was held in the month of March 2010 and the second round consultation meeting was held around the early part of August of the same year at a place somewhere at the international border of Manipur and Myanmar.
There were unconfirmed reports of holding a consultation meeting among some rebels operating in the northeastern states around May this year somewhere in Myanmar-Nagaland border. However, they are yet to confirm participant groups in the meeting and the statement on the formation of ‘Coordination Committee came up at a time when state intelligence are trying to confirm the meeting, the officer said.
Indian intelligence had already, in August 2010, confirmed northeast militant leaders visiting China frequently, to strike arms deals, mostly at Ruili in the Yunan Province, where ULFA ‘commander in chief’ Paresh Baruah had already been traced.
The Chinese weapons are in fact finding their way in significant numbers into the Northeastern States through five major routes, most of them passing through Myanmar territory. Chinese nationals, in turn, also visit northeast militant camps located on the both sides of the India-Myanmar border. In the last week of June 2010, two Chinese nationals were arrested from Mon district of Nagaland while allegedly returning from the NSCN-K camp at Dzukou Valley in Kohima District.

They had confessed that leaderships of the United National Liberation Front (UNLF), PLA, Kanglei Yawol Kanna Lup (KYKL), People’s Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak (PREPAK), NSCN-K and ULFA had held a meeting in Bangladesh before June of the same year. These groups discussed the prevailing situation in Manipur and Nagaland and decided in putting up a joint front against the NSCN (I-M) in Manipur.
The PLA, at that gathering, harped on the need to have a ‘good’ nexus with the CPI-Maoist, and insurgent groups of J&K and the Northeast. The PLA declared its vision of establishing a joint militant front, to be evolved as ‘United Front’, by stating that the Maoist parties of foreign countries are keen to forge relations with them, declaring further that the ‘United Front’ so formed would be able to get Chinese support, since the Chinese have promised to extend assistance only to the militant groups when their cadre strength reaches 30,000.
The PLA on its part, claimed the outfit, would extend support to Burmese (Myanmar’s) people for their rights in days to come.
Observing this intelligence analysis reports, the officer observed that northeast rebel outfits establishing link with Beijing, another reports of Maoist’s link with northeast rebels is a grave threat to the India’s internal security.
The joint statement of the seven rebel outfits had also mentioned that at least top two leaders of the seven underground groups have been formed in the line of forming a United Front so as to bring unity among revolutionary groups having the similar goal of regaining freedom of Manipur.
The setting up a United Front would enable revolutionary groups to work together in the struggle for regaining freedom of the people of Manipur from the yoke of India’s colonial regime, the joint statement asserted, adding that Manipur was forcibly annexed by India.

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