Days before External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee visits Dhaka, security forces in Shillong on Friday claimed that Indian militants sheltered in Bangladesh were under pressure and intending to sneak into India in the aftermath of Awami League coming to power in that country.
BSF IG (Assam and Meghalaya frontier) P K Mishra told reporters that the forces were keeping a close watch on the Indian rebel camps located in Bangladesh. He said there were inputs that the militants might sneak into India following mounting "pressure" on them in Bangladesh. He, however, refused to elaborate. The BSF has rushed five additional companies of forces to the vulnerable areas along the Indo-Bangla border to plug gaps and prevent ultras from entering India. Mishra said, "Number of patrol bases have been increased and troops have been alerted to increase vigil. All steps are being taken to prevent the ultras from entering India. During Sheikh Hasina's previous stint as prime minister, action was taken against the militant groups setting bases in Bangladesh. Many northeastern ultra groups like ULFA, NDFB and KLO had shifted bases to Bhutan under pressure. While a two billion taka worth ULFA account in the Sonali Bank of Bangladesh was frozen, ULFA general secretary Anup Chetia was arrested.
ULFA chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa and commander-in-chief Paresh Barua too are holed up in Bangladesh, intelligence sources said.
External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee is scheduled to visit Dhaka next week to formally invite Sheikh Hasina to visit India.