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Dmu safe haven for militants
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, NOV 3 (NPN):
Published on 4 Nov. 2010 12:50 AM IST
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Dimapur, the commercial hub and gateway to Nagaland, has become a transit point of militants groups based outside the state. According to Intel reports, some of the groups reported to be operating in Dimapur include the NDFB, KRA, UPDS and PULF. However, they also affirmed that the activities of these cadres have been on the minimal and also not operational based.
It may be mentioned that 14 NDFB cadres were arrested from Dimapur and Tizit recently after a close coordination and Intel sharing between police and security forces.
When asked about the reasons for the militants using Dimapur as transit point, security personnel sources pointed out the geographical proximity of Dimapur to states of Assam and Manipur and easy connectivity via road and railways as the main cause. Along with it, the cosmopolitan nature of Dimapur and the continued Counter Insurgency (CI) ops in Manipur and Assam against these groups have also made Dimapur a safe haven. Well placed sources also stated the presence of these militants groups cannot be detected due to their laid down activities. “We cannot act until and unless there is specific information” a police officer from Dimapur commented.
It maybe mentioned that the TNN reports said that some NDFB (anti-talks) cadres had confessed using Dimapur as a ‘safe haven to run extortion racket and collect money from traders and affluent people in Guwahati and other parts of the state (Assam)’.
Meanwhile, without dismissing the presence of some these cadres SP Dimapur Z Mero asserted that their movements have been restricted within the past few weeks. “Some Intel inputs are there but it’s not specific”, Mero admitted.
Maintaining that the police were doing their best, Mero disclosed that Special Operation Teams (SOT) have also been placed at strategic points along with increased vigilance at entry and exits points of Dimapur. He also further added that the extortion level has also come down drastically within these past few days.
On the positive side, sources disclosed that the coordination and Intel sharing between the neighboring state police and security forces have improved to a great extent.

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