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Centre assures assistance in checking arms

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SHILLONG, March 21 - Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today assured all assistance to Northeastern States to check free movement of arms into the region from across the international borders.

Singh, who is here for the Assam Rifles Raising Day celebrations, said: �whatever assistance is required to be given by Central Government, we will provide to the State Governments (to stop arms smuggling).�

The Union Home Minister also said border security is being enhanced throughout the country. �We are trying to ensure border security through all possible means,� Singh said, when asked about Chief Minister Mukul Sangma�s recent statement of free movement of arms from Bangladesh and Myanmar into the region.

Sangma had said during the ongoing session of the Assembly that arms after entering into the region were moving out of the NE to different parts of India and possibly landing into the hands of Maoists.

The Chief Minister stated even anti-aircraft gun spare parts were seized in recent times along with sophisticated arms, while seeking better border management.

�We will talk to the Chief Minister in this regard,� the Union Minister said.

On peace talks with different militant outfits of the region, Singh categorically ruled out any talks with militant outfits which indulge in violence. �There should not be any talk with anyone (militant outfit) indulging in violence. If anyone leaves the path of violence, then only we are ready for talks,� Singh asserted.

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Centre assures assistance in checking arms

SHILLONG, March 21 - Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today assured all assistance to Northeastern States to check free movement of arms into the region from across the international borders.

Singh, who is here for the Assam Rifles Raising Day celebrations, said: �whatever assistance is required to be given by Central Government, we will provide to the State Governments (to stop arms smuggling).�

The Union Home Minister also said border security is being enhanced throughout the country. �We are trying to ensure border security through all possible means,� Singh said, when asked about Chief Minister Mukul Sangma�s recent statement of free movement of arms from Bangladesh and Myanmar into the region.

Sangma had said during the ongoing session of the Assembly that arms after entering into the region were moving out of the NE to different parts of India and possibly landing into the hands of Maoists.

The Chief Minister stated even anti-aircraft gun spare parts were seized in recent times along with sophisticated arms, while seeking better border management.

�We will talk to the Chief Minister in this regard,� the Union Minister said.

On peace talks with different militant outfits of the region, Singh categorically ruled out any talks with militant outfits which indulge in violence. �There should not be any talk with anyone (militant outfit) indulging in violence. If anyone leaves the path of violence, then only we are ready for talks,� Singh asserted.