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Violence in Assam: Coordination with other States, Army on cards

Violence in Assam: Coordination with other States, Army on cards

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  24 Nov 2018 1:45 AM GMT

GUWAHATI: Dispur and New Delhi are worried over the recent spurt in violence in Assam. Increased intelligence and operational sharing with the neighbouring States and working in closer coordination with the army are some of the decisions taken by the State Government. A fresh headache for the custodian of security in the State is the reported spurt in joining the ULFA-I.

Both the State Home Department and the Union Ministry of Home Affairs are worried over the killing of two persons in Sivasagar on Thursday, abduction of three persons in Upper Assam and Karbi Anglong districts and the killing of five at Dhola in Tinsukia district in the recent past. What is being viewed more seriously is the report of youths of the State, mainly from Upper Assam, joining the ULFA-I. And all these are happening in the State in the run-up to the Panchayat poll slated to be held on December 5 and 9, 2018.

Top officials of the State Home Department and the police reviewed the situation in the State on Friday. The meeting found that militants have the advantage of sneaking into Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh soon after carrying out subversive activities in Upper Assam. The other edge which the militants are enjoying is that from both Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh they can sneak into Myanmar at ease, the meeting felt. The Assam Police already has its coordination with their counterparts in Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh. However, Friday’s review meeting has made those at the helm of affairs of security in the State feel that the State police force will have to go for more intelligence sharing, besides closer coordination in operations with their counterparts in the two neighbouring States. The meeting has also decided to work in tandem with the Army with increased and closer coordination to keep the militants at bay.

Meanwhile, talking to The Sentinel after the meeting, Principal Secretary of Home Department LS Changsan said: “We’ve reviewed the security scenario in the State. The police have been asked to take adequate measures for keeping peace, public property and life intact. The militants carry out subversive activities and sneak into Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh soon after.”

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