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Arunachal asks ultras to shun �war of supremacy�

By Correspondent

ITANAGAR, May 8 � Apparently worried over the �war of supremacy� unleashed by the ultra groups, especially NSCN-K in some parts of Tirap district, the Arunachal Government has appealed to the ultras to desist from indulging in unlawful activities like abduction, extortion or killing of innocent people.

Terming as �really unfortunate� the unlawful activities of the ultra groups, particularly NSCN(K), who are on an abduction-spree in remote villages under Longding, Pomao and Wakka circles of Tirap district bordering Nagaland and Myanmar, Home Minister Tako Dabi said the State Government is viewing the issue �very seriously�.

The State Government today issued an appeal to the ultra groups hiding in the State�s jungles not to resort to abduction, extortion or killing of innocent people so that peace and harmony remains in Tirap,� divulged Dabi while addressing a press conference at his official residence here.

Notwithstanding the proactive anti-insurgency operations by the military, para-military and State police forces, the ultra groups resorting to such illegal activities time and again really torment the State Government, revealed the Home Minister.

He, however, said, �There is no question of taking the matter with iron hands. The government has its own policy and is in constant touch with the Central Government.�

The Home Minister, meanwhile, showered praise on the paramilitary and State police forces for their �prompt action� in rescuing the seven abducted civilians from the clutches of ultras. All the seven people were abducted by the NSCN(K) group from Pumao on May 4 and subsequently rescued by Assam Rifles and State police personnel from Longding the next day.

Stating that the people of entire North East region were yearning for peace and communal harmony, Dabi said the decades-old insurgency problem could be resolved only through dialogue and understanding. He said the five NE States � Assam, Nagaland, Manipur, Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh have to �sit together, talk together and plan together� to address this issue so that peace prevails in the region once for all.

Appreciating the active initiative of Union Home Minister P Chidambaram and Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi for restoring peace in the neighbouring State and the NE region in general, Dabi said the Assam Government has achieved a �historical breakthrough� with the recent arrest of NDFB chief Ranjan Daimary.

�The Arunachal Govt hopes that the NDFB chief comes to the negotiation table with the Assam Government to bring forward the peace process. We are also waiting to see to it that ULFA chairman Arvind Rajkhowa come up for a dialogue with the Assam Govt to amicably sort out the insurgency problem,� Dabi said.

�The NE people want peace, progress and real sense of development. I wish best of dialogue between Assam Government and the ultra groups for betterment of the entire region,� Dabi said on a positive note.

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Arunachal asks ultras to shun �war of supremacy�

ITANAGAR, May 8 � Apparently worried over the �war of supremacy� unleashed by the ultra groups, especially NSCN-K in some parts of Tirap district, the Arunachal Government has appealed to the ultras to desist from indulging in unlawful activities like abduction, extortion or killing of innocent people.

Terming as �really unfortunate� the unlawful activities of the ultra groups, particularly NSCN(K), who are on an abduction-spree in remote villages under Longding, Pomao and Wakka circles of Tirap district bordering Nagaland and Myanmar, Home Minister Tako Dabi said the State Government is viewing the issue �very seriously�.

The State Government today issued an appeal to the ultra groups hiding in the State�s jungles not to resort to abduction, extortion or killing of innocent people so that peace and harmony remains in Tirap,� divulged Dabi while addressing a press conference at his official residence here.

Notwithstanding the proactive anti-insurgency operations by the military, para-military and State police forces, the ultra groups resorting to such illegal activities time and again really torment the State Government, revealed the Home Minister.

He, however, said, �There is no question of taking the matter with iron hands. The government has its own policy and is in constant touch with the Central Government.�

The Home Minister, meanwhile, showered praise on the paramilitary and State police forces for their �prompt action� in rescuing the seven abducted civilians from the clutches of ultras. All the seven people were abducted by the NSCN(K) group from Pumao on May 4 and subsequently rescued by Assam Rifles and State police personnel from Longding the next day.

Stating that the people of entire North East region were yearning for peace and communal harmony, Dabi said the decades-old insurgency problem could be resolved only through dialogue and understanding. He said the five NE States � Assam, Nagaland, Manipur, Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh have to �sit together, talk together and plan together� to address this issue so that peace prevails in the region once for all.

Appreciating the active initiative of Union Home Minister P Chidambaram and Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi for restoring peace in the neighbouring State and the NE region in general, Dabi said the Assam Government has achieved a �historical breakthrough� with the recent arrest of NDFB chief Ranjan Daimary.

�The Arunachal Govt hopes that the NDFB chief comes to the negotiation table with the Assam Government to bring forward the peace process. We are also waiting to see to it that ULFA chairman Arvind Rajkhowa come up for a dialogue with the Assam Govt to amicably sort out the insurgency problem,� Dabi said.

�The NE people want peace, progress and real sense of development. I wish best of dialogue between Assam Government and the ultra groups for betterment of the entire region,� Dabi said on a positive note.