GUWAHATI, Jan 17 � Newly-appointed Director General of Assam Police Khagen Sarma today said that ULFA is desperately planning to trigger a series of blasts in the State. He added that militant groups of the North East are trying to come under a common platform to create violence in the region although the reign is in the hands of some external forces, including the ISI.
�This is nothing new. Earlier too, they had similar plans which eventually did not work out. We will do whatever is needed,� Sarma said.
He also stated that other militant groups, like the NDFB(S) and KLO, are also trying to unleash terror in the region.
�In fact, the KLO is desperately trying to target a few communities to create disturbances,� the new DGP, who took over charge from JN Choudhury at the Assam Police headquarters, told media persons here today.
On the Maoist threat, the DGP said that Assam is one of the few States where Maoist activities have not been allowed to grow as security forces have been able to keep a close tab on their moves.
Admitting that the threat remains, Sarma said there could be nearly 100 trained Maoist cadres in the State.
Sarma, who joined the force in 1983, also pulled up the Paresh Baruah faction of ULFA for their weird stand on the killing of it�s cadres like Partha Gogoi and Jahnavi Mahanta.
Sarma said restoring peace and normalcy in the State and ensuring safety of life and property of the common man would be his priority as the head of the force. Apart from improving the police-public relationship, the thrust would be given to check petty crimes, which have, in the recent years, become a matter of worry. Safety of children, women and senior citizens, too, would be prioritised, he said.
�We would be equally fierce against militancy and petty crimes, like dacoity and drug trade,� the DGP pointed out.
�My dream is to make police stations people-friendly. For the lawbreakers, it would act as a deterrent,� Sarma said and added that vehicular traffic management and safety of those using them would be given adequate attention, too.