India seeks Thailand’s coop to nab NE rebels

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New Delhi, Nov 29: India on Friday sought cooperation from Thailand to nab Northeast–based rebel leaders. The Union Home Ministry has said that many insurgent groups from Northeastern states have links to the South East Asian countries and tend to go to Myanmar and Thailand.

Reiterating that many of the Northeastern rebels are present in Thailand, Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said that India would approach the Thai authorities for assistance in checking their activities.

“Many insurgent groups from India’s North–East have links to the South East Asian countries and tend to go to Myanmar and Thailand. There have been some reports of their presence in Thailand and the Government of India would approach the Thai authorities for assistance in curtailing their activities,” Rijiju told the Interior Minister of the Royal Kingdom of Thailand, General Anupong Paochinda in Bangkok.

Rijiju is in Thailand to attend the Ministerial Conference on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics.

Rijiju said that India was grateful for such “excellent cooperation” from Thailand and hoped to further strengthen the ties in future.

He also requested General Anupong Paochinda for Thai cooperation in apprehending another wanted criminal of India, Jagtar Singh Tara, who is believed to be in Thailand and mentioned that the Indian Embassy has already provided the relevant information and documents to the Thai authorities.

General Anupong Paochinda assured that he would direct the National Security Council of Thailand, which has the responsibility in this area, to take care of the issue.

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