NE insurgents shift base to Myanmar: AR DG
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Last Updated: Friday, August 26, 2011, 22:06
  
Shillong: A top Assam Rifles official Friday said insurgents in North-East have apparently shifted bases to Myanmar after the crackdown in Bangladesh prompting the force to intensify vigil along that border.

"In the wake of the crackdown on Bangladesh soil, the North-East insurgents have apparently shifted bases to Myanmar," Assam Rifles Director General Lt Gen Rameshwar Roy told reporters here.

The AR DG said due to the cross-border movement of insurgents to and from Myanmar and continued smuggling activities there was the need to intensify vigil along the Indo-Myanmar border, which is manned by the force.

The dense forests in most parts make the border very vulnerable, he said.

Turning to the domestic situation in north-east, Roy said the region as a whole was looking peaceful despite ceasefire violation by NSCN factions.

"The splits in the groups have only made the outfits weaker and the level of disturbances" in the North-east has gone down drastically, Lt Gen Roy said.

The only militancy-related issue left in the region now was 'extortion', he said.

Citing figures, the DG said against the killing of 69 underground activists last year, this year just five have been killed by the Assam Rifles.

"Apprehensions (rounding up) have gone down from 1132 to 610, while the surrenders have come down from 270 to 155," Lt Gen Roy said.

PTI


First Published: Friday, August 26, 2011, 22:06


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