Sunday, October 17, 2004

India: Increased Military Presence in border with Bangladesh mooted

India's army chief General NC Vij, who met the Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, has other plans as well.
He has hinted at a possibility of increased military presence along the border. "As long as they get into the other areas and save themselves our action is a good advantage for them.We will have to look into this," said General N C Vij, Indian Army Chief.


New northeast policy on the anvil
Bano Haralu

The intelligence bureau, the army and other security agencies in the northeast, have said that it is more than clear that anti-India militant groups are sheltered in Bangladesh and Myanmar.

The security forces have called for action to close down the militant camps.

After one bloody week and fifty deaths, the northeast was firmly back on the centre's security agenda.

The terrorist attacks are a strong sign that militant groups, which were losing ground, have now regrouped across the border and are now operating from inside Bangladesh and Myanmar.

Neighbour's hand

The bigger worry is the intelligence reports of Pakistan's role in training and arming the terrorist groups.

ISI operatives are believed to be actively involved in running ULFA and NDFB camps in Bangladesh and Myanmar.

And that is why the top minds in charge of India's security and intelligence gathering, who met in Guwahati, agree that its time to put pressure on India's eastern neighbours.

"It is done by people who have sanctuary abroad. Foreign hands are not needed for the level of the incidents that took place but yes they have sanctuary from where they came. I think now we have to adopt a position where we have to act much more strongly and we are doing that," said N C Padhi, Special Director, IB.

Plan for action

India's army chief General NC Vij, who met the Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, has other plans as well.

He has hinted at a possibility of increased military presence along the border.

"As long as they get into the other areas and save themselves our action is a good advantage for them.We will have to look into this," said General N C Vij, Indian Army Chief.

Although the government is still not opening its cards, keeping in mind the sensitive diplomatic relations in the east, it is becoming increasingly clear that the stage has been set for a new northeast policy.

NDTV 17/10/2004