NE rebel groups still present in Bangladesh, says BSF

Shillong, Nov 30: BSF DIG, D Haokip has indicated the presence of Indian insurgent groups (IIGs) in some areas of Bangladesh particularly in the Chittagong Hill Tracts and few areas bordering Meghalaya.

Addressing a press conference, Haokip said though the Bangladesh government and the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) had denied it, the present government in Bangladesh has put a lot of pressure on the IIGs and their camps have been destroyed.


“Thereafter, to our knowledge, there are no organised camps but individually some of the IIGs are still there, they are going and coming to and fro from Bangladesh to India and India to Bangladesh,” he said.

The issue was taken up in the recently concluded IG level talks, the BSF  official said, adding that groups like the National Liberation Front of Tripura are taking shelter in the Chittagong Hill Tracts.

He said the banned HNLC does not have any camp in Bangladesh. “Though HNLC  does not have any camp in Bangladesh, a few of the cadres  have their relatives and supporters across the border. Hence there is movement in the porous and inaccessible border,”he said

“As far as United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) is concerned one group earlier affiliated to Rajkhowa used to cross over to Bangladesh in the area of Garo Hills but they  do not  have organised camp but they have certain supporters and therefore there is movement in the border”, he said.

To a question, the BSF official said there are no camps of NSCN in Bangladesh, while admitting that despite the efforts, the BSF,  not only militants but smugglers do sneak through the porous border.

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