Friday, September 9, 2011

Burmese Army goes offensive against Indian Militants

Nava Thakuria
Dhaka: The militant outfits from Northeast India, who are operating from the jungles of northern Burma, have hard time ahead. One of the active armed groups of India, the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) has admitted that their camps in Burma are facing offensives from the Burmese soldiers.

Though the news cannot be confirmed from the Burmese government at Nay Pie Taw, it is understood that some kind of confrontations is taking place between the government forces and militant groups.

A recent statement from the ULFA claims that their camps inside Burma were attacked by the government forces, but all their cadres escaped. They also alleged that India government had paid huge amount of money to the Burmese regime to go offensive against the ULFA militants.

ULFA, which was born to make Assam independent out of India three decades back, today is a divided house, as its chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa with his followers have joined in the peace process with the Union Government of India at New Delhi.

However, ULFA’s military chief Paresh Baruah is still sticking to the primary demand for a Swadhin Asom. Baruah is understood to leave Bangladesh and stay somewhere in Burma-China border areas, where from he and his followers are maintaining their struggle.

The email press statement, issued by Paresh Baruah’s close associate Arunoday Dahotiya clearly claimed that New Delhi ‘paid a special economic package worth as high as Indian Rupees 20,000 crores to flush out the rebel camps’ from the Burmese soil.

“Additionally, the Burmese government is offered (by Indian government) Rs 100 crore to kill ULFA C-in-C Paresh Baruah’ within this September,” added the statement. The outfit went ahead with other allegations that New Delhi had maintained the practice (to pay neighboring countries in need) since long back.

“The Indian government paid Rs 1000 crore package to Bhutan to destroy ULFA, following which Thimphu flushed out the ULFA camps inside south Bhutan in December 2003,” the statement added.

It also claimed that New Delhi had recently offered money to the Bangladesh government with a request to take actions against the ULFA leaders and cadres taking shelter in that country. Mentionable that the Bangladesh government led by Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina had recently handed over many militant leaders to Indian authority. Though India and Bangladesh does not have an extradition treaty till today, Dhaka arrested the militant leaders and handed over to India in secret missions. No official statement was issued by the Bangladesh government on the matter.
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