Foreign terror outfits make inroads to India through North East
Assam Police recently seized two vehicles carrying huge quantities of sophisticated arms and ammunitions and arrested four people near the state's Chirang District, close to the border with West Bengal.
Chirang: Assam Police recently seized two vehicles carrying huge quantities of sophisticated arms and ammunitions and arrested four people near the state's Chirang District, close to the border with West Bengal.
Following the interrogation, it has been revealed that the arms were meant for a new underground Gorkha outfit.
The arms consignment was coming from Dimapur in Nagaland after being smuggled into India through Myanmar.
According to the police, the dealers have been supplying arms to insurgent groups based in the North East.
"We have arrested four people, two are drivers and other two are arm dealers from Dimapur. They have also been supplying arms to NDFB (S) outfit," said Chirang Superintendent of Police Ranjan Kumar Bhuyan.
International border in the North East has always remained an easy access for many foreign arms dealers and terror outfits into India.
The recent example being an exposure of Bangladesh-based Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen having its roots in Assam and West Bengal.
After the Burdwan blast on October 2 this year, investigating agencies have exposed the Jamaat-ul Mujahideen as having links in India, and have arrested Suzena Begum from Assam's Barpeta District.
Suzena and her absconding husband Dr. Sahanur Alam were suspected of having links with the Jamaat-ul Mujahideen Bangladesh, and were instrumental in facilitating hawala payments for JMB modules in West Bengal.
Nava Thakuria, an expert, said the North-East region is vulnerable.
"We have proximity to Bangladesh, Myanmar, Nepal and Bhutan. So, we are a transit route for all these elements - drugs, arms etc. So, the Government of India must take it seriously," said Thakuria.
The North-East shares a long boundary with Myanmar, Bangladesh, Bhutan and China.
The Government of India has been working closely with its neigbours to wipe out terror activities from areas near the international border and maintain peace in the region.
Security forces also remain on high alert along the border to address the threat and foil any attempt to hamper peace.