Insurgency and poaching interlinked
The long suspected nexus between insurgent groups and poachers (Sanctuary Vol. XIX No. 3, June 1999 and Vol. XXIX No. 2, April 2009) has been exposed with the recent arrest of two members of the Muslim United Liberation Tigers of Assam (MULTA) in Assam’s Morigoan district.
Army personnel and forest officials laid a trap, sending men in the guise of poachers to purchase arms from the duo. They then raided the house confiscating a rifle and 15 detonators. Sources reveal that the two rebels were part of a poaching racket, which funded the organisation, a claim substantiated by officials who emphasised that poaching is one of the main sources of funding for insurgent groups here. “Insurgency and poaching are complementary to each other. Sometimes, militants also play an active role in hunting down animals,” said a forest official.