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DGP takes stock of lower Assam situation

By Correspondent

BONGAIGAON, Jan 21 � State Director General of Police (DGP) Khagen Sarma today held a meeting in the conference hall of the Chirang SP office at Kajalgaon with top officials of the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), Border Security Force (BSF), Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Army and superintendents of police of five districts � Bongaigaon, Chirang, Kokrajhar, Dhubri and Goalpara to discuss measures to be taken against the militant groups active in the five lower Assam districts.

The meeting, that lasted over ninety minutes, chalked out a plan to counter the militant activities in the five districts of lower Assam region, besides discussing the other inputs gathered by security agencies about the strength and weaknesses of the militant outfits and other armed groups, a police source said.

Talking to the media, DGP Sarma said he had come to the district headquarter Kajalgaon to discuss the measures being taken for the Republic Day celebrations.

Responding to a query, the DGP said a plan had been made for operations against the NDFB(S), KLO, ULFA, Adivasi militants and some smaller armed groups associated with displaced people in Chirang and Kokrajhar districts.

Regarding Bhutan�s help in flushing out the NDFB militants allegedly taking shelter in the bordering areas, the DGP said, �Bhutan is very co-operative. But when the militants get inside the jungle it becomes a problem to locate them.�

On the close links between the NDFB(S) and KLO, DGP Sarma said that generally

militant organizations are not mutual friends. But when they face any problem or adversity, or plan to do something big, they unite. Sarma added that the NDFB (S) and KLO have mutual links.

The DGP also said that the Maoist rebels have been trying to increase their clout among the Garos, Bodos, Adivasis and Koch-Rajbongshis, but they have not succeeded yet in their attempt.

However, the DGP did not talk much either on the operations against the NDFB(S) or future course of action against other militant groups.

AAMSU and ABMSU leaders met the DGP and sought his help and co-operation in providing security to the minorities living in BTAD area.

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