GUWAHATI, June 8 - Chinese agencies are trying to launch a proxy war with India by using the militant groups of the North East region and some of these plans came to light after a hardcore United Liberation Front of Asom (Independent) cadre laid down arms recently.
Meanwhile, police also came to know about a plan of the militants to create trouble in Guwahati through a former ULFA cadre�s wife.
Highly placed police sources told The Assam Tribune that the inputs available with the security agencies indicated that some Chinese agencies are desperate to launch a proxy war with India by engaging the militant groups of the region. Sources said the major militant groups of the region came into a common platform only after pressure from the Chinese agencies and they have started operating together.
The militants were given the task of targeting the Indian Army and police forces, following which, a few attacks took place in Nagaland, Manipur and Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. The ULFA(I) is also planning to target the security forces with the help of Manipur-based outfits and members of the NSCN(K). Though the Army and other security personnel are the main targets of the ultras, the possibility of them planting explosives in other places, in order to make their presence felt, cannot be ruled out, sources said.
The recent surrender by hardcore militant Ron Asom is a major success as he is aware of the situation in the militant camps in Myanmar and the routes frequented by ultras to enter India from their bases in the neighbouring country. Though Ron Asom gave a figure of the number of militants staying in the Myanmar camps, police said the figure would have to be cross-checked.
�He did give us a figure, but as per to our information, the number should not be that high. We will have to verify whether he is telling the truth,� sources added.
However, the surrendered ultra gave some vital information and one such revelation led to a successful operation in Mon district of Nagaland on the night of June 6, in which three hardcore militants were killed. The militants, armed with sophisticated weapons, were planning to attack a camp of the Assam Rifles in Tizit in Mon district. But, after receiving information about the routes frequented by the ultras from Ron Asom, the security on such routes was tightened, which led to the successful operation by the forces.
Meanwhile, commenting on the reports of a security threat to Guwahati during the ensuing Ambubachi Mela, the sources said that the police would take no chances although no specific input has been received. However, according to the inputs available, hardcore militant Nayan Medhi is in touch with the widow of an ULFA leader who was killed during the Bhutan operation, and they are apparently planning something in the city. �It may be a plan for extortion, or something else. We are still not very sure,� sources admitted.