The government in Arunachal Pradesh has expressed concern over the outlawed National Socialist Council of Nagalim (Isak-Muivah) setting up bases and helping local tribals form a rebel army, officials said Wednesday.
"We are seriously worried about the NSCN (I-M) penetrating parts of Tirap and Changlang districts and helping local youth of the area into forming a militant group," Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Mukut Mithi said. "This is a dangerous trend that does not bode well for a peaceful state like ours," Mithi told IANS on telephone from the Arunachal Pradesh capital of Itanagar.
Mithi said he had informed the Union government about the NSCN
faction that has been "inspiring" local tribal youths in Arunachal Pradesh into joining an armed rebellion. The NSCN (I-M) is continuing with its activities despite a ceasefire that is in force in Nagaland between the rebels and the Indian government.
"If not checked right now, this fledgling insurgency might snowball into a major problem for us and the Indian government as well," Mithi said, adding that "the central government seems least bothered to nip this
insurgency in the bud."
The chief minister said New Delhi must realise the "gravity of the
situation" and rush additional army and paramilitary forces to flush out the
rebels and stop local youth from furthering their rebel activities in the state, which borders China and Myanmar.
"Arunachal is fast turning out to be a safe haven for all separatist
groups in the northeast and even some from Myanmar. With no
security forces available to counter them, we are caught in a trap," Mithi said. "We cannot drive out the rebels from our state unless we are provided with additional reinforcements," he added.
The militants have, of late, stepped up an extortion drive in Arunachal, targeting local businessmen and villagers, besides the Oil India Limited.
The OIL was served an extortion notice of Rs 6 million, following
which it suspended operations at the Khumsai oil well in eastern Arunachal
"This is a clear violation of the ceasefire and we don't
understand why the central government is paying no heed to our concerns", Mithi said.
Indo-Asian News Service
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