Insurgent groups in NE have links to ISI, HUJI: MOS Home

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New Delhi, Mar 18 (UNI) The government today admitted that some insurgent groups of the North-East, particularly United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA), have links with Pakistan's ISI and certain other fundamentalist/terrorist organisations like Bangladesh-based Harkat-ul-jehad Islami (HUJI).

HUJI, in turn, is reported to have links with Pakistan-based terrorist groups and the ISI, Minister of State for Home Affairs Sriprakash Jaiswal said in a writen reply in the Lok Sabha.

Concerted and focused insurgency measures have been taken by the police and security forces/agencies against militant outfits including ULFA resulting in significant successes including the arest of number of important functionaries of the outfits.

Intensive Counter Insurgency operation against ULFA and other armed insurgent groups continue to be pursued, he added.

Mr jaiswal said that the government during bilateral talks with Bangladesh have emphasised the need for effetive action against fundamentalist/terrorist organisations reported to be based there.

He said the information in respet of apprehension of forces and seizure of contraband, arms and ammunitation during the past four years indicate that it is gradually declining. In 2005, the total nu,mber of insurgents apprehended was 6,384 which came down to 602 in 2007.

Similarly, the number of arms seized came down from 38 to just four and ammunition from 477 to two during this period.

The contraband that was seized in 2005 was valued at Rs 94,59,69,972 which came down to Rs 14,00,92,735 till February 2008, he added.

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