DIMAPUR, June 21 � Nagaland Home Minister Y Patton has asserted that ceasefire with underground groups cannot be an alibi for condoning any criminal activities by an individual or organisation.
Reaffirming the commitment of the present government to the ongoing peace process, Patton said it would continue in its role as facilitator till an honourable solution is worked out. However, he said the Naga political groups should not take undue advantage of the openmindedness of the State Government but should strictly adhere to the laid down ceasefire ground rules.
Stating that though the present law and order situation of the State is indisputably challenging, Patton said he was optimistic about the future of policing not because of its huge institutional strength but in its capability.
Patton said this in his maiden address to the top brass of State police in Chumukedima here recently. He encouraged the officers to be decisive and firm without weighing �considerations�.
Patton also wished for the police to take on a more pro-active role in prevention of violence and protection of lives and properties of people. These qualities, he said, are pre-requisites in crowd control, detection of crime, maintenance of law and order, registration of FIR in police station and investigation of crime, etc. He said active consultation with the prosecutors during investigation and in filing chargesheet during criminal trial by the investigating officer would ensure success of the case in the court of law.
On border-related violence, he said the situation requires to be handled �sensitively and with maturity�.
Patton also affirmed to accord top priorities towards the welfare of the State police force and addressing their genuine grievances promptly.