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Dec 19, 2006 at 09:10pm IST

NE terrorists join hands with LeT

New Delhi: For the first time, the country's security forces are getting evidence of a direct link between Pakistan-based terrorist groups and outfits in the Northeast.

Salman Khurshid, Abdur Rehman and Akbar Hussain are all natives of Manipur and have allegedly undergone months of training at the Lashkar-e-Toiba's camps in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK). The police arrested them in Delhi on Tuesday.

The investigators say the three were trying to make Northeast separatist groups to work with Pakistani outfits. Police also claim Khurshid had already arranged a high level meeting between People's United Liberation Front and the Lashkar commanders in Bangladesh.

“They were trying to cultivate this organisation by taking their leaders to Bangladesh. And if they would have been successful, the base would have been created,” said Delhi Police Joint Commissioner Karnal Singh.

According to the police, they also wanted to set up a base in the capital and planned to target market places. Police also recovered 2 kg of RDX, two detonators and one grenade were recovered from them.

This year alone about 33 hardcore terrorists belonging to various outfits were nabbed in the capital and 43 kg of high powered RDX recovered from their possession.

But what is baffling the investigating agencies is the first ever proof of efforts to involve the separatist forces in the Northeast into Terrorism.