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India worried about NE rebels in B’desh
Published on 20 Jun. 2011 12:39 AM IST
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Even almost two years after the arrest of the top leadership of the most dreaded militant outfits in the state, including United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa and National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) president Ranjan Daimary from Bangladesh, the continued presence of militants from the northeast in the neighboring country is a cause of concern for India.
A top defence source said the chief of army staff, General V K Singh, who will undertake a five-day visit to Bangladesh from June 19, will hold meetings with top Bangladesh army commanders to discuss the problem of Indian militants still holed up in Bangladesh and their movement to and from Myanmar.
“There are reports of northeast militants slipping into Myanmar from Bangladesh. Myanmar has about 30 to 40 small and big camps of several militant groups from northeast India and most of them take the Bangladesh route. We believe arms and ammunition, particularly Chinese-made, is being transshipped to the Indian militants after their landing at Chittagong port,” the source said.
The source added that almost all major militant outfits of the northeast, including Ulfa, NSCN, People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of Manipur and National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT) have bases in Bangladesh and are slipping out to Myanmar as the Bangladesh authorities are continuing to clamp down on the groups.
India is also talking to the Myanmar government about flushing out Indian militants from its soil.
“In 2003, Bhutan flushed out three outfits, Ulfa, NDFB and the Kamtapur Liberation Organization from its soil. Bangladesh followed suit in 2009 and arrested Rajkhowa and Daimary, but similar action from Myanmar is still awaited,” the source said.
General Singh during his visit will call on Bangladesh president Zillur Rahman and prime minister Sheikh Hasina.
He will also hold a meeting with top government leaders and attend the passing-out parade of two batches of cadets at the Bangladesh Military Academy in Chittagong. He will be accompanied by a five-member delegation and his wife, Bharti Singh.
The general will visit Chittagong and review the passing-out parade of the 64th BMA Long Course and 35th BMA Special Course batches of army cadets at the Bangladesh Military Academy in Bhatiary on June 22.

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