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ISI behind North-East blasts: Pranab

ISI behind North-East blasts: Pranab

Author: PTI
Publication: The Hindu
Date: October 9, 2004
URL: http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/holnus/001200410091801.htm

India today suggested that Pakistani intelligence agency ISI could be "behind" the serial blasts in North-East and said it has asked Bangladesh and Myanmar to take action against the militants who had taken shelter in those countries.

"ISI is behind that ... they are supporting (militants in North-East)," Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee said when asked whether the hand of the Pakistani agency was suspected in the recent blasts in Assam and Nagaland which claimed over 60 lives.

He was talking to reporters after being conferred an honorary doctorate by Rai University.

Home Minister Shivraj Patil had on Thursday stopped short of blaming the Pakistani intelligence agency, but said "it does not mean we are giving a clean chit...neither are we complaining."

To a question, Mukherjee said the Government had taken up the issue of anti- India militants hiding in Bangladesh and Myanmar with the Governments there and "asked for their support".

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