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International links in NE arms deals: NIA

india Updated: Aug 31, 2009 16:17 IST

The anti-terror federal agency, National Investigation Agency (NIA), probing terror-related cases involving an Assam militant outfit, Black Widow, has stumbled upon international links as the agency said it had reached a crucial stage in the investigations.

The agency, probing the first case after its constitution post 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, has so far arrested ten people, mostly arms dealers and linkmen.

Seven of them have been arrested in Guwahati and North Cachar Hills, two in Kolkata and one in Mizoram, a top NIA official, involved in the probe, told PTI.

He said a key arms dealer, Vannesem, arrested recently in Mizoram, confessed to have supplied over seven consignments of arms to the banned Dima Halem Daogah (Jewel faction), known as Black Widow, in Meghalaya on separate occasions.

The agency has also traced links of these arms dealer to countries like Myanmar and Malaysia. “We are still investigation. They may have more international links,” the official said.

The agency is looking into the nexus between militants, politicians, officials and contractors in the Northeast in siphoning off government funds meant for development.

While probing the recovery of cash amounting to over Rs One crore from a militant, Assam police had earlier found the nexus led to siphoning off of large amount of funds to insurgent groups for purchase of arms and ammunition.