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Arunachal CM seeks action

By The Assam Tribune

SHILLONG, Nov 10 � Concerned over the killing of civilians by the banned NDFB in Assam, Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu today called on the Assam government to take action against the insurgents, reports PTI.

�The incidents were very unfortunate. I condemn the killings. Assam should take action against the militants,� Khandu told reporters here.

Informing that Arunachal government has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh to its employees gunned down by the NDFB at Tezpur, Khandu said, �The militants have been targeting innocent civilians. It is wrong.�

Asked about a possibility of a joint operation by the two state governments against the NDFB, Khandu said, �We are having a joint meeting early next week. Any such decision will be taken there.�

In strikes spread over 24 hours since Monday evening, NDFB rebels have gunned down at least 24 people in different districts of Assam.

Eight persons, mostly Arunachal Pradesh government employees, were shot dead and 12 others injured on Monday evening after the rebels intercepted their bus in Assam�s Sonitpur district.

In Itanagar, Arunachal Home Minister Tako Dabi told media persons that a statewide red alert had been sounded and the government has taken security measures for the protection of the people.

�Enough is enough. We do not want our people to get killed like guinea pigs in the hands of ultras. The issue has been taken up with the central government to find a lasting solution to bring peace to the region,� Dabi said.

Security measures have been stepped up on all roads linking Assam and night traffic has been suspended till further orders.

Responding to a question, Dabi said that underground elements of Assam and Nagaland, including the NDFB have been using the state as a sanctuary.

While the state government has already announced ex-gratia payment for those killed, the bodies are being sent to their native places, the minister said. � PTI

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