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Rebel base shifting to Myanmar, says BSF

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  • Published 24.12.09

Shillong, Dec. 23: The BSF inspector-general (Assam-Meghalaya frontier), Prithvi Raj, today expressed concern over the move by Northeast militants to shift base from Bangladesh to Myanmar in the wake of the ongoing operations against rebels by Dhaka.

The BSF official told reporters here that there was largescale movement of Ulfa cadres from Bangladesh to Myanmar on the sidelines of a surrender ceremony today. An Ulfa militant, Jatin Shaw alias Alput Thapa, laid down a 9mm pistol before the paramilitary force today.

The surrendered rebel who joined the Bravo company of Ulfa in 2003 had undergone training in Myanmar, aided by NSCN militants.

Admitting that there was an exodus of Ulfa militants to Myanmar to escape the ongoing operations by the Bangladeshi security forces, Prithvi Raj said, “It is quite natural that the militants look for new pastures to continue their future activities.”

The IG, however, hoped that neighbouring Myanmar would be able to take action against the Northeast militants taking shelter there.

“We hope that Myanmar, being a friendly country, will not entertain the nefarious activities of the Northeast militants,” the BSF official said.

The inspector -general said as pressure was mounting on the Ulfa militants in Bangladesh, it was likely that more cadres would surrender in the days to come.

“The Bangladeshi security forces are putting pressure on the Northeast militants taking shelter in that country and we hope that many top leaders of Ulfa among other militant leaders will come overground,” he said.

The BSF official said in the changing scenario, reconciliation was ideal compared to confrontation.