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Illegal arms will be seized: CM


GUWAHATI, May 5 � Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today assured a delegation of the Sanmilita Janagosthi Aikya Mancha that the Government would take immediate steps to seize all illegal weapons.

The delegation of the Mancha, led by its president Hiteswar Barman and general secretary Motiur Rahman, met Gogoi at his official residence this evening and urged him to take effective steps to augment security in the BTAD areas to prevent recurrence of violence.

The Mancha, a conglomeration of 21 non-Bodo organisations, requested the Chief Minister to strengthen security by setting up permanent police pickets and outposts in vulnerable areas to protect the lives and property of the people. The Chief Minister assured them that security would be beefed up in vulnerable areas. He told the delegation that he had asked the State DGP to prepare a comprehensive action plan to bolster security in the BTAD areas and that he would provide the necessary funds required for the purpose.

Gogoi said the Government would first of all provide security in the violence-hit areas. He further said that he had requested the Central Government not to withdraw para-military forces from the State and to station them for a longer period to instil confidence among the panic-stricken people and to bring back peace and normalcy in the trouble-torn areas.

Gogoi said the process of reconciliation between the Bodos and non-Bodos would have to be started in due course of time by taking the help of saner elements to remove the misunderstandings between the communities living in the BTAD areas.

ADGP (SB), Pallab Bhattacharya was present during the discussions.

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