New Delhi: Insurgent groups in the Northeast
are procuring arms in China and some other South East Asian
countries before smuggling them into India through Myanmar and
Bangladesh, Government said on Wednesday.
"There are reports that insurgent outfits operating in
the Northeastern states of India have been procuring arms
through arms smugglers based in Yunnan province of China,
Myanmar and South East Asian countries," Minister of State for
Home Mullappally Ramachandran said in a written reply in Rajya
Weapons in small consignments are then transported either
via Myanmar or Bangladesh to India, he said.
The Minister said India has raised its concern with
China, Myanmar and Bangladesh from time to time through
diplomatic channels on the issue of reported smuggling of arms
through their territories.
To check smuggling across the Indo-Myanmar border, a
Memorandum of Understanding was signed between India and
Myanmar in January 1994 for maintenance of peace and
tranquillity in border areas.
"Central government has stepped up vigilance and
surveillance along the border. The security forces along the
border have been suitably sensitised regarding arms smuggling
by insurgents and regular patrolling along the border areas is
being carried out," he said.