Saturday, October 16, 2004

India: Regional gun-running points to China

[ The Assam chief secretary, Mr JP Rajkhowa, who is the administrative head of the three-tier unified command taking on insurgents in Assam, mentioned cross-border terrorism, narcotics trade, arms smuggling and movement of militants as the major problems of the North-east. He said arms were flowing surreptitiously to the region through Myanmar and Bangladesh and some of the consignments originated in China. ]

IB detects foreign hand


GUWAHATI, Oct. 15. — The special director of the IB, Mr NC Padhi, today raised alarm over an international design to destablise the North-east.

“We have a peculiar challenge in the North-east. Neighbours are in active connivance with agencies of another country in promoting insurgency within our territory,” Mr Padhi said in the annual conference of DGPs of the eight North-eastern states. “A section of our neighbours are actively promoting militancy in the North-east. We need to have a calibrated political response to this design. India must give appropriate response to this challenge at the international level.”

The Assam chief secretary, Mr JP Rajkhowa, who is the administrative head of the three-tier unified command taking on insurgents in Assam, mentioned cross-border terrorism, narcotics trade, arms smuggling and movement of militants as the major problems of the North-east. He said arms were flowing surreptitiously to the region through Myanmar and Bangladesh and some of the consignments originated in China.

There was enough evidence, he said, with the police and intelligence to prove that the ISI was trying to attack vital installations in the North-east. “The ISI is also facilitating cross-border movement of militants leaders.”

The conference is being attended by officers of the Army, BSF, CRPF, IB and West Bengal police.

Statesman News Service 16/10/2004