Friday, October 08, 2004

India: PM Says Bangladesh is Shelter for Insurgents

["It is not true to say that we do not have credible policy for northeast. We had anticipated that terrorists will do something on October 2 and 3. But terrorists have the advantage." "I have made personal representation to the highest leadership of Bangladesh," Singh told a news conference in Mumbai when his attention was drawn to some insurgent groups operating from the neighbouring country. Singh refused to comment on the relationship with neighbouring nations, but said India will expect that a territory of a friendly nation should not (not) be used by terrorists to destablise the country.]

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India's PM Says Bangladesh is Shelter for Insurgents
VOA News

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh says Bangladesh has been a shelter for rebel groups that want independence in northeastern India, where at least 73 people have been killed in a recent wave of violence.

Mr. Singh told reporters Wednesday in Bombay his government hopes the territory of its friendly neighbors will not be used for terrorist activity.

Bangladesh denies that Indian separatists take shelter within its borders.

The most recent violence in northeastern India took place Tuesday, when police said insurgents killed at least 10 people in a village in the state of Assam.

Dozens of separatist groups have been fighting for homelands in India's northeast for more than five decades.

VOA 06/10/2004

2. Bangladesh 'a base for rebels'

BOMBAY: Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said yesterday he was concerned that separatist rebels behind an explosion of violence in the country's northeast were sheltering in neighbouring Bangladesh."We are aware that some groups are taking shelter in Bangladesh which is a concern to us," Singh told a news conference in the western Indian city of Bombay.

"We have been talking to our friendly neighbours and it is our hope that all our friendly neighbours will not allow any of their territories for any terrorist activity," he added.

Assam and neighbouring Nagaland state have been hit by violence since Saturday, with 81 people killed and 217 injured in some 21 incidents of bombings and shootings. In the latest attack, heavily armed tribal separatists gunned down 10 villagers in the west of Assam late on Tuesday.

Singh's statement comes as security was beefed up in another northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh ahead of a state assembly elections. Soldiers patrolled villages to stop attacks by insurgents from neighbouring states.

Arunachal Pradesh's vote today will be followed by assembly elections in the huge western state of Maharashtra on October 13.

The northeast region is home to around two dozen militant and separatist groups with demands ranging from autonomy to secession.

Singh's government has faced fierce criticism over the spate of violence from its political opponents, who claim it does not have an effective policy on the northeast.

"It is not true to say that we do not have credible policy for northeast. We had anticipated that terrorists will do something on October 2 and 3. But terrorists have the advantage," Singh said.

India claims that there are about 195 militant camps including training bases in Bangladesh, which denies its territory is used by the insurgents.

Gulf Daily News 07/10/2004

3. Govt has credible policy to deal with terrorism: PM

By IndiaExpress Bureau

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today said he has personally taken up the matter of insurgency with Bangladesh government and asserted that the UPA was well-equipped with a "credible policy" to tackle terrorism, may it be in north-east or any other part of the country.

"I have made personal representation to the highest leadership of Bangladesh," Singh told a news conference in Mumbai when his attention was drawn to some insurgent groups operating from the neighbouring country.

Singh refused to comment on the relationship with neighbouring nations, but said India will expect that a territory of a friendly nation should not (not) be used by terrorists to destablise the country.

On the spurt of violence in north-eastern states, Singh said "we have a credible policy to deal with it." "We will meet the challenge of terrorism may it be in North-East, Jammu and Kashmir or in any other part of the country," he said.

"It may be a momentary feeling that terrorists have gained an upper hand but we had intelligence reports that they (terrorists) will do something," the Prime Minister said referring to recent violence in the North-East.

Indian Express 06/10/2004