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Dodgy nexus hurdle in solving NE insurgency

By Staff reporter

GUWAHATI, Oct 12 � A dodgy relationship between a section of politicians, bureaucrats and businesspersons is a hurdle in seeking to resolve the insurgency issue in North East India.

Over the decades, these elements have formed a nexus that allows Government funds, and untaxed money to be routed to various insurgent outfits, which are subsequently used for carrying out various subversive activities against the State.

This was revealed by a well placed intelligence official, who mentioned that anti-insurgency efforts as well as operations are challenging because a section of politicians and bureaucrats have a stake in it. �It appears that some of them have benefitted from insurgents who encourage if not compel them to divert funds meant for development activities in the region�, he stated.

He said that funds meant for various sectors, especially rural development, have increased manifold in the last few years. The fund flow is well known to a section of politicians and bureaucrats, who in tandem, siphon off substantial amounts. A part of that is routed to some insurgent groups in States like Assam, Nagaland and Manipur.

The routes used to channel the funds are difficult to trace because a section of unscrupulous bureaucrats are adept in covering the tell tale tracks.

The State Governments too are not keen to probe deep into the diversion of funds because of the involvement of politicians to a great extent.

The intelligence official indicated that the massive scam that took place in the erstwhile North Cachar Hills could not have taken place if files were not approved by the Ministers concerned along with the respective department�s bureaucrats.

To investigate such scams to the logical conclusion, he favoured investigations carried out in close co-operation of the various NE Police forces as the diverted funds were not retained in one state but spread over the North East. He said that investigations should ideally focus on bank accounts of the suspects and their near associates.

�Banks have a very comprehensive system of maintaining records, they are in a position to check the movement of cash, cheques and drafts down to a day�� he remarked.

Intelligence inputs also suggest that ill gotten wealth has gone into investments in various sectors. At times the state police know where huge investments have come from, but have to look the other way as powerful politicians are either involved, or their close ones have a stake in the nefarious dealings.

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Dodgy nexus hurdle in solving NE insurgency

GUWAHATI, Oct 12 � A dodgy relationship between a section of politicians, bureaucrats and businesspersons is a hurdle in seeking to resolve the insurgency issue in North East India.

Over the decades, these elements have formed a nexus that allows Government funds, and untaxed money to be routed to various insurgent outfits, which are subsequently used for carrying out various subversive activities against the State.

This was revealed by a well placed intelligence official, who mentioned that anti-insurgency efforts as well as operations are challenging because a section of politicians and bureaucrats have a stake in it. �It appears that some of them have benefitted from insurgents who encourage if not compel them to divert funds meant for development activities in the region�, he stated.

He said that funds meant for various sectors, especially rural development, have increased manifold in the last few years. The fund flow is well known to a section of politicians and bureaucrats, who in tandem, siphon off substantial amounts. A part of that is routed to some insurgent groups in States like Assam, Nagaland and Manipur.

The routes used to channel the funds are difficult to trace because a section of unscrupulous bureaucrats are adept in covering the tell tale tracks.

The State Governments too are not keen to probe deep into the diversion of funds because of the involvement of politicians to a great extent.

The intelligence official indicated that the massive scam that took place in the erstwhile North Cachar Hills could not have taken place if files were not approved by the Ministers concerned along with the respective department�s bureaucrats.

To investigate such scams to the logical conclusion, he favoured investigations carried out in close co-operation of the various NE Police forces as the diverted funds were not retained in one state but spread over the North East. He said that investigations should ideally focus on bank accounts of the suspects and their near associates.

�Banks have a very comprehensive system of maintaining records, they are in a position to check the movement of cash, cheques and drafts down to a day�� he remarked.

Intelligence inputs also suggest that ill gotten wealth has gone into investments in various sectors. At times the state police know where huge investments have come from, but have to look the other way as powerful politicians are either involved, or their close ones have a stake in the nefarious dealings.