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India, Myanmar to launch joint operation to nab ULFA chief

Last Updated: Sunday, January 24, 2010 - 10:59

New Delhi: Myanmar`s ruling junta plans to launch coordinated operations with India to flush out Northeast militants in its territories and has promised to help track down elusive ULFA `commander-in-chief` Paresh Baruah.

The assurance to New Delhi was given at a three-day Home
Secretary-level talks between the two countries, which
concluded in Myanmar capital Nay Pay Taw on Thursday.

"Security forces of India and Myanmar will conduct
coordinated operation in their respective territories in the
next two-three months. The objective of the operation is that
no militant can escape to the other side after facing heat in
one side," a Home Ministry official said.

Major insurgent groups in the Northeast like NSCN and
ULFA have over two dozen camps and training centres along both
sides of 1,650 km long India-Myanmar border, which touches
Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur and Mizoram.

ULFA `commander-in-chief` Paresh Baruah is also believed
to have been hiding in the Kachin area of Myanmar.

"We have conveyed to the Myanmar delegation that we have
information that Paresh Baruah is hiding in their territory
and they assured us to track him down if found in their
territory," the official said.

The security forces of both India and Myanmar will also
intensify their vigil along the border to check smuggling of
arms, narcotic drugs and other goods.

The Indian delegation, headed by Union Home Secretary G K
Pillai, had held extensive discussions with the Myanmar
contingent led by Brigadier General Phone Swe on issues like
border security, cross-border movement of militants, border
trade and cross-border projects.

"The meeting was very positive as Myanmar has assured us
to address all our security concern and promised us to carry
forward the cordial relations between the two countries," the
official said.


First Published: Sunday, January 24, 2010 - 10:59
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