‘No evidence of Chinese support to NE militant leaders’
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Last Updated: Wednesday, October 14, 2009, 18:28
Kohima: Although visits by North Eastern insurgent leaders to China were nothing new, there was no concrete evidence with the Centre that the neighbouring country was providing official support to them in recent times, Union Home Secretary G K Pillai said here on Wednesday.

"There is nothing new about militant leaders visiting China or other countries. Anyone can visit China as a tourist by procuring a visa. Such visits do not pose a threat to us," Pillai told reporters here.

About the recent reported visits of NSCN(IM) leaders and ULFA leader Paresh Baruah to China, he said there was a mechanism to deal with the neighbouring country on such matters when evidence of official Chinese hands were established.

Militants visited China, Myanmar and the Chittagong Hill Tracts in Bangladesh for procuring arms from smugglers or agents since they were easily available there, he said.

He said that even the Chinese authorities might be unaware of such clandestine activities. "So far no evidence of official support from China to NE militants has been found."

The small arms market was so big that buying weapons from countries like China, Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan was no big deal, Pillai said. "Even in India one can procure a small arm easily from smugglers or arm dealers."

Bureau Report

First Published: Wednesday, October 14, 2009, 18:28

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