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Concern over spurt in extortion by ultras

By R Dutta Choudhury

GUWAHATI, Dec 21 � The meeting of the police chiefs of the North East States, which concluded here yesterday, stressed the need for checking extortions by militant groups and suggested that the State Governments should stop making cash payments as far as possible. The meeting also stressed the need for augmenting the intelligence wings of the police forces.

The meeting, convened by the Intelligence Bureau (IB), was of the view that extortions by the militant groups remain a problem and to check the menace, the State Governments should make electronic payments as far as possible. The meeting observed that making electronic payments would not only check the menace of extortion, but it would also check corruption to some extent.

Highly placed official sources told The Assam Tribune that the State police heads stressed the need for more central funds to strengthen the police forces of the North East States and the proposal would be forwarded to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) for necessary action.

After a detailed discussion on the strengths and weaknesses of the police forces, it was decided that the forensic science laboratories should be augmented immediately to help the police in investigation and prosecution. The meeting observed that investigation of cases and prosecution of accused did not get due importance in the North East and that is why the prosecution rate is lower than the national average. The meeting suggested that the state governments should introduce a scheme to provide incentive for police personnel for improving investigation and prosecution rate.

It was observed that over the years, efforts were made by the State Governments of the North East to strengthen only the armed wing of the police forces and new police battalions have been created. But, unfortunately, similar steps have not been taken to strengthen the intelligence branches and the traffic police. The meeting expressed the view that the State Governments should take immediate steps to increase the strength of the special branch of the police forces.

The meeting felt that the training of police personnel is often neglected due to various reasons like shortage of manpower, overwork etc. It was decided that in service training would be made compulsory for all ranks of police forces. The meeting decided that the North East Police Academy (NEPA) should be strengthened and new professional courses should be introduced in the NEPA.

Sources said that with a number of infrastructure projects coming up in the North East, the State governments should take the security into consideration to ensure speedy implementation of the project.

The meeting also decided to improve coordination between the police forces of the North East States and the SPs of the bordering districts should meet at least once a month for sharing of information.

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Concern over spurt in extortion by ultras

GUWAHATI, Dec 21 � The meeting of the police chiefs of the North East States, which concluded here yesterday, stressed the need for checking extortions by militant groups and suggested that the State Governments should stop making cash payments as far as possible. The meeting also stressed the need for augmenting the intelligence wings of the police forces.

The meeting, convened by the Intelligence Bureau (IB), was of the view that extortions by the militant groups remain a problem and to check the menace, the State Governments should make electronic payments as far as possible. The meeting observed that making electronic payments would not only check the menace of extortion, but it would also check corruption to some extent.

Highly placed official sources told The Assam Tribune that the State police heads stressed the need for more central funds to strengthen the police forces of the North East States and the proposal would be forwarded to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) for necessary action.

After a detailed discussion on the strengths and weaknesses of the police forces, it was decided that the forensic science laboratories should be augmented immediately to help the police in investigation and prosecution. The meeting observed that investigation of cases and prosecution of accused did not get due importance in the North East and that is why the prosecution rate is lower than the national average. The meeting suggested that the state governments should introduce a scheme to provide incentive for police personnel for improving investigation and prosecution rate.

It was observed that over the years, efforts were made by the State Governments of the North East to strengthen only the armed wing of the police forces and new police battalions have been created. But, unfortunately, similar steps have not been taken to strengthen the intelligence branches and the traffic police. The meeting expressed the view that the State Governments should take immediate steps to increase the strength of the special branch of the police forces.

The meeting felt that the training of police personnel is often neglected due to various reasons like shortage of manpower, overwork etc. It was decided that in service training would be made compulsory for all ranks of police forces. The meeting decided that the North East Police Academy (NEPA) should be strengthened and new professional courses should be introduced in the NEPA.

Sources said that with a number of infrastructure projects coming up in the North East, the State governments should take the security into consideration to ensure speedy implementation of the project.

The meeting also decided to improve coordination between the police forces of the North East States and the SPs of the bordering districts should meet at least once a month for sharing of information.

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