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ISI spreading tentacles in Northeast
Published on 18 Jul. 2010 11:36 PM IST
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A suspected agent of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) was produced before the court here Saturday.
The alleged ISI agent Bikram Das was arrested from Paltan bazaar area in Guwahati earlier this week by Assam police.
Based on the interrogation of another ISI agent Manir Khan and his six other Indian associates, the Tripura police had asked the Assam police to arrest Bikram Das who had given logistical and networking support to the ISI.
Manir confessed to police that he is an ISI agent and hails from Bhawalpur district in Pakistan, reported India Blooms News Service.
He also informed that he had entered India from Bangladesh and visited Guwahati and other cities of the northeast with the intention to broaden ISI's network.
“Manir Khan’s arrest yet again attests the fact that ISI is using the Northeast for their activities,” said Tapan Saha, the public prosecutor in the case.
A team of Intelligence Bureau officials are currently interrogating the ISI agent and his collaborators.
Manir, who received his training from ISI at Multan and Bhawalpur cities in Pakistan, is also suspected to have links with Dawood Ibrahim gang, sources said.
He was also assigned the task of networking among supporters and activists of Muslim fundamentalists in the Northeastern region. Manas Paul, a renowned security expert on the region said, “In the Northeast region the ISI activity is not only confined to supporting the militants with arms and ammunition, but also by fund and training."
"They have been active here since early fifties and after the formation of Bangladesh, they (ISI) with the support of few fundamentalist elements there are trying to set up Islamic fundamentalist groups in this region, particularly in southern and upper Assam.”
India’s northeast which has more than 4000 km long border with Bangladesh, a major part of it yet to be fenced, has turned into a preferred entry point for ISI and anti-India elements.

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