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Garo Hills hot corridor for ISI : Sangma
Correspondent Shillong, Nov 30:
Published on 1 Dec. 2010 12:28 AM IST
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Stating that Meghalaya’s Garo Hills region has become the “hot corridor” of Pakisatan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), former Lok Sabha Speaker Purno A Sangma Tuesday asked the state government to adopt new security strategies to check their illegal activities.
“The ISI (spy) entered Bangladesh from Pakistan and subsequently enters Garo Hills (bordering Bangladesh) through Chief Minister’s constituency (Mukul Sangma) and my birth place to spread their entire network in the Northeast region”, Sangma told legislators in the assemblu during a motion on the deteriorating law and order situation in Meghalaya.
Meghalaya shares a 443-km border with Bangladesh, part of which is porous, hilly and unfenced and prone to frequent infiltration.
“Fake money printed in Pakistan is brought to Bangladesh and subsequently distributed to the entire region through the Garo Hills corridor”, Sangma said.
He said Bhutan and Nepal have also imposed a banned on using of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 denomination currency notes in that country to prevent the circulation of fake currency notes.
Apart from Pakistani’s spy agency, the former Lok Sabha Speaker said, rebel groups from Assam and North Bengal also used Garo Hills as their corridor to criss-cross the India-Bangladesh border.
Not only that, Sangma said Garo Hills region was also being used as the “safe haven” of the northeast rebels due its rugged terrain which is the most conducive ground for guerilla warfare.
“The police are not able to adjust with the difficult terrain thereby making it difficult to have any breakthrough in the anti-insurgency operations,” Sangma said.
“Meghalaya should play a very important role to ensure security and safety of the region and the state government should convene a high level meeting which should be chaired by the chief minister with the officials from the union ministry of home affairs,” the veteran NCP parliamentarian said
Admitting that Garo Hills is being used as a corridor by rebel groups and ISI to carry out their anti-national activities, Chief Minister Mukul Sangma said frequent movement of these anti-nationals is a serious concerns for us.
He said Meghalaya is more affected by these activities as the state is being sandwiched between Assam and Bangladesh.
“We cannot deny a fact that we have a problem (anti-national activities). We shared common and complex problem. The problem in our state is also the offshoot of the socio-economic problem and other multi-facted issues,” Mukul said.

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