Monday, November 9, 2009

NE ultras in B’desh on the run

SHILLONG, Nov 9: The BSF has sensed that the insurgents holed up in Bangladesh will try to flee that country for safety back home, and accordingly has raised alert along the Indo-Bangladesh border to nab any militant fleeing Bangladesh crackdown on them after two top ULFA leaders, Chitraban Hazarika and Sasha Chowdhury were netted in by the BSF last week. Sources told The Sentinel today that a number of top- and middle- rank leaders of at least six North-east insurgent outfits are already in a tizzy, following the arrest of two top ULFA leaders. It is also learnt that more than a couple have left Dhaka for safe hideouts in the past four days, the reason that prompted the Intelligence agencies to quickly intimate the top security and Home Ministry officials to orchestrate a coordinated action. Source said that the Home Ministry has asked the BSF to be extra vigilant along the borders to prevent any infiltration by the leaders and members of the various North-east insurgent outfits.

‘We are aware of the Bangladesh crackdown and our troops have intensified vigil to ensure that no stone is unturned to abort and thwart unwanted elements from entering our country”, stated Raj, adding, “ We will strectch to any limit to nab any one who tries to cross the border”. It may be mentioned here that the Garo Hills sector of the Indo-Bangladesh border has been used as a corridor by the ULFA for movement of its cadres and transshipment of arms to Assam for many years.

Terming the arrest and handing of the two ULFA leaders at a time when the Inspector General (IG), BSF and Deputy Director General (DDG) of the Bangladesh Border Guards (BBG) were in Sylhet, the Inspector General of the BSF (Asom-Meghalya frontier) Prithvi Raj told The Sentinel, “ The arrest of the two militant leaders is a stepping stone to a new phase in the bilateral ties that stems from the positive signals shown by the BBG in pushing out the Indian criminals and militants from its soil”. THE SENTINEL

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