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Centre closely monitoring operations against NDFB(S)

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GUWAHATI, Jan 9 � The Government of India is closely monitoring the operations against the members of the Songbijit faction of the National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB-S) and all the police and security forces engaged in the operations have been asked to submit weekly report on their achievements to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). The Centre also expressed its displeasure on the lack of desired success by the forces following the gruesome killing of more than 80 persons by militants on December 23.

Highly placed sources in the MHA told The Assam Tribune that the forces have been directed to submit reports on their performance to the MHA every Monday with specific details. The reports should include the number of militants killed, arrested and the recovery of arms and ammunition. This order of the Centre indicated its tough stand against the militants involved in killings of innocents in the State.

Sources said that during his visit to the State immediately after the killings, the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had given two months time to the police and security forces to deal with the NDFB (S). As the success of the forces was not to the desired level, the Union Minister of State for Home, Kiren Rijiju and the chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee (JIC) of the Government of India, RN Ravi today reviewed the situation in a high level meeting with senior officials of the State Government, Assam Police, Army, Central forces deployed in Assam and senior police officials of Arunachal Pradesh. All the forces have been directed in the meeting that they should intensify operations, while, the intelligence agencies were asked to improve their performance to provide inputs to the forces operating on the ground.

The officials were told about the Government�s policy of acting tough against anyone involved in killing of innocents and they were also told that their performance was not too satisfactory. The Union Home Minister is regularly monitoring the situation, while, the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi is also taking interest in the situation in the State. Against this backdrop, the instruction to the forces to submit weekly reports to the MHA is likely to improve their performance, sources added.

Sources said that the officials of Arunachal Police were asked to chalk out an action plan to deal with militants as there have been reports that some members of the NDFB (S), who were involved in the killings in Biswanath Chariali and Dhekiajuli might have crossed over to that state. The Army has already started operations in the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border areas and there is need for Arunachal Pradesh police to get into action immediately. The police officials of Arunachal were also told to seek help of Central forces if required to launch a full scale operation against the militants reportedly taking shelter in that state.

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Centre closely monitoring operations against NDFB(S)

GUWAHATI, Jan 9 � The Government of India is closely monitoring the operations against the members of the Songbijit faction of the National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB-S) and all the police and security forces engaged in the operations have been asked to submit weekly report on their achievements to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). The Centre also expressed its displeasure on the lack of desired success by the forces following the gruesome killing of more than 80 persons by militants on December 23.

Highly placed sources in the MHA told The Assam Tribune that the forces have been directed to submit reports on their performance to the MHA every Monday with specific details. The reports should include the number of militants killed, arrested and the recovery of arms and ammunition. This order of the Centre indicated its tough stand against the militants involved in killings of innocents in the State.

Sources said that during his visit to the State immediately after the killings, the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had given two months time to the police and security forces to deal with the NDFB (S). As the success of the forces was not to the desired level, the Union Minister of State for Home, Kiren Rijiju and the chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee (JIC) of the Government of India, RN Ravi today reviewed the situation in a high level meeting with senior officials of the State Government, Assam Police, Army, Central forces deployed in Assam and senior police officials of Arunachal Pradesh. All the forces have been directed in the meeting that they should intensify operations, while, the intelligence agencies were asked to improve their performance to provide inputs to the forces operating on the ground.

The officials were told about the Government�s policy of acting tough against anyone involved in killing of innocents and they were also told that their performance was not too satisfactory. The Union Home Minister is regularly monitoring the situation, while, the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi is also taking interest in the situation in the State. Against this backdrop, the instruction to the forces to submit weekly reports to the MHA is likely to improve their performance, sources added.

Sources said that the officials of Arunachal Police were asked to chalk out an action plan to deal with militants as there have been reports that some members of the NDFB (S), who were involved in the killings in Biswanath Chariali and Dhekiajuli might have crossed over to that state. The Army has already started operations in the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border areas and there is need for Arunachal Pradesh police to get into action immediately. The police officials of Arunachal were also told to seek help of Central forces if required to launch a full scale operation against the militants reportedly taking shelter in that state.