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PC reviews State security

By Staff reporter

GUWAHATI, May 25 � Union Home Minister P Chidambaram told reporters at the Raj Bhawan here today that there has been a dramatic improvement in the State�s security scenario. A number of leaders of the major insurgent groups like ULFA, NDFB and the DHD (J) have been apprehended, he said.

He also informed the news persons that while the Chief Minister has been asked to carry forward the political process for negotiation with the militant outfits, the security forces have been instructed �to continue implementing the policy that is in force.�

The Union Home Minister, who was on a day�s tour to the two NE States of Mizoram and Assam, said before leaving for New Delhi that he had reviewed the situation of the State with Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and afterwards attended a meeting of the Unified Command structure.

The Chief Minister will decide, in consultation with his Cabinet, as to �how to proceed with the political process.� The Union Government will extend full support to the State Government in this regard. Support will also be extended to the security forces in implementing the policy in force, said the Union Home Minister. Chief Minister

Tarun Gogoi was also present on the occasion.

In Mizoram, he said, 209 Bru families returned till yesterday and more families are expected to return to their native places. Chief Minister of Mizoram Lalthanhawla has assured all steps for rehabilitation of these families.

�I hope Mizoram will continue to remain free from insurgency,� he said, describing his visit to Mizoram and Assam as a regular one. He was accompanied, among others, by Union Home Secretary G K Pillai.

In the Unified Command structure meeting attended by the Union Home Minister and Home Secretary, GOC of the Four Corps Lt Gen Gyan Bhusan , Deputy GOC of the Second Mountain Division Brig Rajiv Narayan, Joint Director of the SIB Ananda Kumar, State�s Chief Secretary N K Das, State�s Principal Secretary, Home, S Das, State�s Commissioner and Secretary, Home, Jishnu Barua, State�s DGP Sankar Prasad Barua, Shillong-based Inspector General of BSF Prithivi Raj, Inspector General of CRPF Rohit Kumar Singh, Silchar-based Inspector General of BSF SN Tiwari, State�s ADGP Khagen Sarma were also present, besides Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, said official sources here.

Sources said that the Union Home Minister appreciated the role played by the police and security forces in ensuring improvement of the overall law and order situation in Assam. He said that though the situation has improved, the police and security forces should not lower their guards and constant vigil should be maintained and counter-terrorism operations should continue to prevent any subversive activities by the militant groups.

Sources revealed that the Union Home Minister further asked the security forces to be on guard against all possibilities of adverse fallouts of the peace process.

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