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NE ultras in Myanmar facing pressure

By R Dutta Choudhury
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GUWAHATI, July 23 � Though the Government of Myanmar is yet to launch full scale operations, the militants using the territory of that country are �under bit of pressure� and the movement of the militants has also come down in recent times.

Highly placed sources in the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) told The Assam Tribune that the militants are not having a free run in Myanmar as was the case in the past and the Government of India is hopeful that the Government of that country would take action against the ultras sooner or later.

�Every country has its own way of dealing with things and according to information available with us, the government of Myanmar is taking some action against militants in its own way and we are confident that the militants would not be able to have a free run much longer,� sources added.

Sources said that the movement of the militants to and from Myanmar has also come down in recent times, but the weather condition may be one of the reasons for the trend. On the other hand, alertness of the police and security forces has also increased as the Independence Day is approaching, which may have also resulted in slowing down of the movement of the ultras. The members of the hardline faction of the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA), who are now in Assam, are also keeping a low profile for some time and not much movement is noticed by the police and security forces within the state.

It may be mentioned here that almost all the active militant groups of the North East including the hardline faction of the ULFA have strong bases in Myanmar. In fact, the military mobile headquarter of the ULFA is still in Myanmar and the militant outfit is maintaining its camps with the help of the NSCN (K).

During the last visit of the Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh to Myanmar, the Government of the neighbouring country assured to take action to drive out the militants and the ultras were given a deadline of July 10 to vacate the territory of that country. However, till date, the militants have not shifted their camps and according to inputs available with the security forces, the militant groups are getting inputs about movement of Army from some lower level personnel of Myanmar Army.

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NE ultras in Myanmar facing pressure

GUWAHATI, July 23 � Though the Government of Myanmar is yet to launch full scale operations, the militants using the territory of that country are �under bit of pressure� and the movement of the militants has also come down in recent times.

Highly placed sources in the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) told The Assam Tribune that the militants are not having a free run in Myanmar as was the case in the past and the Government of India is hopeful that the Government of that country would take action against the ultras sooner or later.

�Every country has its own way of dealing with things and according to information available with us, the government of Myanmar is taking some action against militants in its own way and we are confident that the militants would not be able to have a free run much longer,� sources added.

Sources said that the movement of the militants to and from Myanmar has also come down in recent times, but the weather condition may be one of the reasons for the trend. On the other hand, alertness of the police and security forces has also increased as the Independence Day is approaching, which may have also resulted in slowing down of the movement of the ultras. The members of the hardline faction of the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA), who are now in Assam, are also keeping a low profile for some time and not much movement is noticed by the police and security forces within the state.

It may be mentioned here that almost all the active militant groups of the North East including the hardline faction of the ULFA have strong bases in Myanmar. In fact, the military mobile headquarter of the ULFA is still in Myanmar and the militant outfit is maintaining its camps with the help of the NSCN (K).

During the last visit of the Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh to Myanmar, the Government of the neighbouring country assured to take action to drive out the militants and the ultras were given a deadline of July 10 to vacate the territory of that country. However, till date, the militants have not shifted their camps and according to inputs available with the security forces, the militant groups are getting inputs about movement of Army from some lower level personnel of Myanmar Army.

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