NDFB links with Pak come to light
Staff Reporter The Assam Tribune
GUWAHATI, May 4 – The Pakistan links of the National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB) came to light following the arrest of the chief of the outfit, Ranjan Daimary. It has also come to light that the outfit recently set up a camp in Myanmar.
Security sources told The Assam Tribune that personnel of different security agencies are relentlessly questioning Daimary and during the course of the questioning, it has come to light that the NDFB was maintaining links with Pakistan. Sources said that at least two batches of NDFB men were sent to Pakistan for training with the support of the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI). However, the exact number of militants who received training in Pakistan is yet to be ascertained.
The NDFB was also maintaining close ties with different anti-India groups having bases in Bangladesh. Sources said that the NDFB launched joint operations with the ULFA from time to time but the outfit also maintained close ties with other groups like NSCN (I-M), UNLF, ATTF, NLFT etc, as well as with some other anti-India groups in the neighbouring country.
Under pressure in Bangladesh, the NDFB anti-talk faction recently established a camp in Myanmar. But the camp has not been set up with the help of the ULFA and is located near a camp of Manipur-based group KYKL, sources said. Though Myanmar has also accepted a proposal from India to launch a coordinated operation, the militants are of the view that the Government of Myanmar would be too busy with the elections due soon rather than launching a concerted operation immediately, sources added.
On the strength of the anti-talk faction of the NDFB, sources said that though the outfit suffered severe setbacks in recent times due to the success of the counter-insurgency operations against the outfit, the group still has the capability of indulging in acts of violence. Sources said that all the security forces must remain alert to thwart any attempt by the members of the outfit from indulging in any act of violence in retaliation to the arrest of Daimary.
According to an assessment by the security forces, at least a hundred trained cadres of the outfit are still in Assam, while, around 50 cadres must be in Bangladesh.