China moves ULFA chief to Myanmar border to facilitate arms sale
by Newsroom Staff Wednesday, January 11th, 2017
New Delhi, Jan 11: The Chinese have moved chief of ULFA, Paresh Barua to Ruili a small border town along the Myanmar border to facilitate the sale of arms to terror groups in North East. Intercepts picked up and shared with the Assam police suggest that the Chinese intelligence agencies have set up shop in Ruili from where illegal sales of arms are taking place.
The intelligence report submitted to the Assam police states that several members of the North Eastern insurgent groups have been shifted to Ruili and have been told to trade in arms. The point person for this illegal arms trade is Barua who is in touch with leaders of other insurgent groups.
The Chinese intelligence agencies are aiding this trade as a result of which the insurgent groups are able to procure arms easily, the intelligence report also states. Assam’s Additional Director General of Police L R Bishnoi says that groups such as the ULFA and NSCN(K) which operate jointly have set up base in Myanmar.
In the Myanmar hideouts there is an increasing influence of the Chinese intelligence agencies, the top cop also pointed out. Barua is in the one liaisoning with the Chinese agencies. Barua oversees the supply of arms to various insurgent groups in the North Eastern states, he also says.
This is not the first time that the Indian agencies have reported about the influence of Chinese on the insurgent groups in NE. The Chinese help in ensuring that the arms reach these groups. They have also helped groups such as the NSCN(K) and ULFA set up bases in Myanmar.
An Intelligence Bureau official says that Chinese activity has seen a two fold increase in the past year. Ever since India has decided to talk peace with various NE groups in a bid to bring them to the mainstream, the Chinese have been on overdrive mode to help insurgent groups in this part of the country, the officer also notes.