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Centre skeptical of operation

By R Dutta Choudhury

GUWAHATI, Sept 10 � Though the Myanmar Army launched an operation against the militants of the North East on September 7, the Government of India is still skeptical of the operation as an intercept indicated that the militants were aware of the operations well in advance.

Highly placed official sources in New Delhi told The Assam Tribune that the security agencies managed to intercept some communications of the militant groups, which proved that the militants came to know about the possible attack at least a week ahead of the operations.

Sources said that Myanmar Army personnel reached the Taga area where most of the militant groups of North East including the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULA) have their bases at around 3.30 pm on September 7 and opened fire. They also set fire to three camps and spent the night in that place before returning.

According to estimates of the security forces, around 400 to 500 members of militant groups were staying in the Taga area but they managed to move to safer places before the Myanmar army personnel reached the spot. "The recent action proved that the militants were well aware of the movement of the Army and they managed to retreat to safer places on time. There was no exchange of fire and the Myanmar Army personnel fired at empty camps and burnt those down. Interestingly, the communication channels of the militants were shut down on that day and those started working again," sources added.

Meanwhile, the ULFA anti-talk faction today made it clear that no member of the outfit was injured in the recent attack as reported in a section of the media.

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Centre skeptical of operation

GUWAHATI, Sept 10 � Though the Myanmar Army launched an operation against the militants of the North East on September 7, the Government of India is still skeptical of the operation as an intercept indicated that the militants were aware of the operations well in advance.

Highly placed official sources in New Delhi told The Assam Tribune that the security agencies managed to intercept some communications of the militant groups, which proved that the militants came to know about the possible attack at least a week ahead of the operations.

Sources said that Myanmar Army personnel reached the Taga area where most of the militant groups of North East including the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULA) have their bases at around 3.30 pm on September 7 and opened fire. They also set fire to three camps and spent the night in that place before returning.

According to estimates of the security forces, around 400 to 500 members of militant groups were staying in the Taga area but they managed to move to safer places before the Myanmar army personnel reached the spot. "The recent action proved that the militants were well aware of the movement of the Army and they managed to retreat to safer places on time. There was no exchange of fire and the Myanmar Army personnel fired at empty camps and burnt those down. Interestingly, the communication channels of the militants were shut down on that day and those started working again," sources added.

Meanwhile, the ULFA anti-talk faction today made it clear that no member of the outfit was injured in the recent attack as reported in a section of the media.