GUWAHATI, March 4 � The militant outfits having bases in Myanmar have started using each others� facilities for logistic support and even training following dwindling of their strength and flow of funds.
Meanwhile, despite having signed a ceasefire agreement with the Government of India, the NSCN(K) is still allowing the active militant groups to use its bases in the neighbouring country.
Highly placed security sources told The Assam Tribune that according to information available with the security agencies, discussions among the militant groups of the region are still on to give a final shape to the proposed platform of all the outfits of the region and the commander-in-chief of the United Liberation Front of Asom (Independent), Paresh Baruah, is playing a key role in this regard.
However, sharing of logistics between the militant groups has started, as such sharing is beneficial for all the groups. However, most of the bases of the North Eastern militants in Myanmar are still located in the Taga area.
Sources said that the NSCN(K) is allowing the other militant groups to use its logistics in return of payment of money, and recently there have been reports of the Naga outfit putting pressure on Paresh Baruah over the failure of the ULFA(I) to make the payments for months. During a recent visit to the Taga area, Baruah even faced pressure from the NSCN(K) members on the payment issue, sources added.
Security sources revealed that the militant groups are procuring rice and other materials from Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland because of shortage of food items in the area where they are based in Myanmar. The high price of rice in that area of Myanmar also forced the fund-starved outfits to take food items all the way from India.
On the activities of the ULFA(I), sources said that the outfit is keeping a low profile for some time and some demand notes were sent through linkmen, particularly in upper Assam districts. But of late, there were no report of transfer of substantial amount of fund from India to the camps of the outfits in Myanmar. According to reports available, the ULFA(I) is facing a major financial crisis in the camps in the neighbouring country and there have been instances when the outfit even faced problems in the day-to-day running of the camps due to shortage of money.