GUWAHATI, Jan 20 - Security agencies have identified all the vulnerable stretches along the international border in Myanmar and one particular stretch of around 35 km in Arunachal Pradesh, most frequently used by militants from their bases in the neighbouring country, has been found to be the most vulnerable.
Highly placed security sources told The Assam Tribune that the militants now mostly use the Myanmar-Arunachal Pradesh border to sneak into the India from their bases in the neighbouring country and the stretch between border pillars 171 and 172, which is around 35 km, is considered the most vulnerable stretch.
Sources said that with the Republic Day approaching, militant outfits are desperate to make their presence felt through acts of violence, while on the other hand, the security forces and the police are making all-out efforts to foil such designs of these militant groups.
According to information with the security forces, because of the terrain along the international border, free movement of militants is difficult during the rainy season, although it is easier for them to do so in the winter.
Militant outfits try to make their presence felt during the Republic and Independence Day celebrations every year. This year they are even more desperate to do the same as almost all the outfits are facing severe financial crunch and in their desperation they would try to create fear psychosis in the minds of people with acts of violence so that their extortion bids are successful.
In recent times, people, particularly the business class, who received extortion demands from the United Liberation Front of Asom (Independent) in Upper Assam districts, has not paid the demanded amount; some have even reported the same to the police immediately after receiving the extortion demands from the ultras.
Security sources are of the opinion that the ULFA(I) would try to explode bombs at isolated places as they had done last year before the Republic Day celebrations. Around 5-6 low intensity explosions took place last year at isolated places. However, those incidents were �more symbolic� in nature than attempts to harm anyone. The possibility of similar incidents taking place this year also cannot be ruled out as it is not possible to guard every inch of the inter-State border. However, it is unlikely for the ULFA(I) to harm any civilian.
Sources added that to target the security personnel, the outfit would have to take the help of other outfits, as it usually does, due to inadequate number of trained manpower to launch such attacks.
As per inputs available with the security forces, at least three groups of ULFA(I) militants, comprising 5-6 cadres, have sneaked into India from Myanmar and are lurking in the jungles of Arunachal Pradesh waiting for an opportunity to enter Assam. Though an offensive has been launched in Arunachal Pradesh against them, it has been difficult see positive results due to the thick jungles.
Security sources have also claimed that around 30 members of the NDFB(S) have sneaked into India from Myanmar last year, and of them, two have been killed, while 18 others have been arrested.