Centre plans crackdown on NE insurgents

NEW DELHI: The Centre has asked security forces to go all out against insurgents in the northeast, making sure that all outfits which are not in
ceasefire mode are wiped out from the region in a time-bound manner.

Whether it is ULFA, All Tripura Tiger Force (ATTF), National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT), People's Liberation Army (PLA) or Borok National Council of Tripura (BNCT), all the outfits, which have cadres numbering 100 to 1,000, are already facing the heat.

Though such a diktat has not been sent for NSCN (IM) and NSCN (Khaplang) which have been in ceasefire with security forces for long, the agencies have been asked to keep a close watch on these groups so that they do not violate the ceasefire. The matter was discussed in detail on Tuesday with Manipur and Nagaland in security review meetings.

The Centre's stand was articulated by home minister P Chidambaram after the meeting in Kohima when he said violation of the ceasefire by Naga underground groups would not be tolerated and asked the state government and security agencies to strictly enforce the truce terms to create a congenial atmosphere.

Sources in the home ministry said similar instructions had been sent to Assam and Tripura. Besides, the security agencies have also been asked to see that both factions of the Naga group cannot extend their activities beyond their designated camps. India has, meanwhile, planned to take up the issue of insurgents' camps with neighbouring Bangladesh and Mayanmar as territories of both these countries have been used by militants as hideouts and training ground, they added.

An official said the issue would be discussed with Bangladesh in detail when the foreign minister Pranab Mukherjee goes to Dhaka on February 9. With the friendly Sheikh Hasina government now firmly in charge, New Delhi would like Dhaka to cooperate with it in tracking down ULFA and NDFB militants, he added.

It is believed that unless ULFA and NDFB are uprooted from their bases in Bangladesh, it would be difficult to contain terrorism in Assam as the groups are being backed by HuJI and the ISI. The two groups jointly have over 20 camps in various parts of Bangladesh, including in Dhaka and Chittagong.