Militants Based In Myanmar, Bangladesh Exploiting Manipur Violence, Says NIA

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New Delhi: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has unearthed a trans-national “conspiracy” by Myanmar and Bangladesh-based leadership of terror outfits to wage war against India by exploiting the current ethnic clashes in Manipur. So far, two persons have been arrested in connection with the case.

Investigation of the case has revealed that Myanmar and Bangladesh-based militant groups have “entered into a conspiracy” with a section of militant leaders in India to wage war against the government of India, news agencies reported.

These militant groups are providing funds to procure arms, ammunition and sophisticated hardware to stoke the current ethnic strife in the northeastern state. The weapons are being sourced both, from across the border, as well as from other terrorist outfits active in the northeastern states, according to the report.

“Investigation into the case revealed that Myanmar and Bangladesh-based militant groups have entered into a conspiracy with a section of militant leaders in India to indulge in incidents of violence with an intention to drive a wedge between different ethnic groups and to wage war against the Government of India.

“For this purpose, the aforementioned leadership have been providing funds to procure arms, ammunition and other types of terrorist hardware which are being sourced both from across the border and from other terrorist outfits active in the northeastern states to stoke the current ethnic strife in Manipur,” the spokesperson said.

The NIA made the first arrest in the case on September 22. The accused, Moirangthem Anand Singh, was allegedly travelling in a vehicle in police camouflage, and carrying sophisticated arms and ammunition. The Manipur police claim that he is an overground worker of People’s Liberation Army, an outlawed Manipuri insurgent outfit. The man is reported to have undergone basic military training in Chandel.

Moirangthem Anand Singh was graned bail, but was rearrested by NIA on September 23.

The second accused, Seiminlun Gangte, was arrested in Churachandpur.

The case was registered suo motu on July 19, a spokesperson of the federal anti- terror agency said.

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