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Delhi urges Dhaka to launch military offensive to evict separatists

IRNA

Guwahati, Dec 20, IRNA -- India on Saturday urged Dhaka to launch a 
military offensive to evict Indian separatists from Bangladesh on the 
lines of the crackdown in adjoining Bhutan, officials said. 
"Bangladesh should now immediately dismantle and flush out 
militants from our region who operates from there," chief minister of 
the northeastern state of Tripura Manik Sarkar told IRNA by telephone 
from capital Agartala. 
Remaining silent and simply denying any Indian rebel presence does
not bode well for not only India, but also could prove very costly in 
the near future for Dhaka." 
The chief minister`s appeal to Bangladesh comes in the wake of 
Bhutan`s military offensive on three Indian separatist groups in the 
Himalayan kingdom that began Monday. 
India had earlier claimed at least a dozen separatist groups from 
the country`s northeastern states were operating out of bases in 
Bangladesh to carry out hit-and-run guerrilla strikes on federal 
soldiers in the region. 
India shares a 4000-kilometer long border with Bangladesh, 
including the 856-kilometer unfenced border with Tripura. 
Bangladesh has, however, denied the existence of any militant 
camps on its soil. 
The chief minister said that of the 52 camps, at least 30 belonged
to two of Tripura`s frontline rebel armies - the outlawed National 
Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT) and the All Tripura Tiger Force 
(ATTF) - both fighting for independent tribal homelands. 
Among the other prominent militant groups claimed to have bases 
in Bangladesh includes the National Socialist Council of Nagaland 
(NSCN), the People`s Liberation Army, the United Liberation Front 
of Asom (ULFA) and the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB). 
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