Indian Mujahideen has network in North-East: Yadava

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Shillong, Sep 18 (UNI) Indian Mujahideen, which is behind a spate of terror attacks is having a network in trouble-torn North Eastern sates, a top security official today said.

'' There are realistic chances of the Islamic fundamentalists having sleeper cells in the North-East and the region is as vulnerable as Hyderabad and Delhi to the threat of an attack,'' Director General of Assam Rifles Lt. Gen Karan Singh Yadava said.

Talking to reporters after reviewing security scenario in the region during the Assam Rifles bi-annual commander's conference, Mr Yadava, however, said that the paramilitary force is ready to thwart any such design from the fundamentalist groups.

'' Though the possibility of such an attack in North East right now is remote, but fundamentalist groups are undeniably capable of carrying out such attacks in the region,'' he said.

Soon after the recent Delhi serial blast, the Assam Rifles chief had sent a report to the Union Home ministry mentioning the ''undeniable capability'' of the fundamentalist groups to carry out similar operation in the North East.

In fact, several fundamentalist outfits, including Harkat-ul-Jehad Harkat-ul-Mujahideen, Islamic Liberation Army of Assam, Muslim United Liberation Force of Assam, Islamic Sevak Sangha and Muslim Volunteer Force are active in Assam.

The North-East students organisation, which is an umbrella organisation of the influential students' organisations of Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram Tripura and Arunachal Pradesh, had warned the Union government that about 14 fundamentalist groups were active in the region.

Meanwhile, the BSF has sounded a high alert along the porous Indo-Bangla border in in the region in the backdrop of the recent serial blasts in Delhi that claimed over 20 lives.

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