GUWAHATI, Dec 15 � The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) is concerned with the attempts by the Maoist rebel groups to establish foothold in Assam and other parts of the North East region and strategies to deal with the problem will be chalked out in a meeting of the heads of the police forces of the North East States, convened by the Intelligence Bureau (IB) in the city on December 19 and 20.
Highly placed MHA sources told The Assam Tribune that though the Maoist rebel groups have not yet been able to establish strong roots in the region, it is a fact that they have been trying to set up bases and there is need for formulating strategies to deal with the problem. The police forces of the States of the region and the other security and intelligence agencies will have to put their heads together to prevent the Maoists from establishing roots in the region and the meeting of the heads of police forces will formulate strategies in this regard, sources added.
The second major issue to be discussed in the meeting is efforts by anti-India forces to pump in fake currency notes to India to destabilize the economy of the country. Sources said that according to information available, the fake currency notes are produced mostly in Pakistan and those are pumped into India through different routes. The States having international border with Bangladesh should be more careful in this regard as there have been instances of the anti-India elements pumping in fake currency notes through Bangladesh. Though the personnel of the Border Security Force (BSF) seized such notes from time to time, such seizures are tips of the iceberg and the police forces should also play a major role in this regard, sources said.
Sources also said that fake currency notes are also sent through Nepal, Bangkok and Dubai and a close watch should be maintained on the Indian citizens working in the Gulf countries as there were instances of anti-India elements using some such persons to pump in fake currency notes.
MHA sources said that notes would be exchanged in the meeting on the bases of the militant groups of North East in foreign countries. Though the Government of Bangladesh has been taking action against the leaders of the militant outfits, the militants still have their bases in that country, while, most militant groups have strong bases in Myanmar. Sources said that reports of the militants establishing bases in China is also a matter of concern and all these issues will figure in the ensuing discussions. Sources revealed that arms smuggling is also a major cause of concern as the militants are still getting sophisticated weapons and explosives.
Sources pointed out that most militant groups have links with each other and members of the outfits have been moving from one state to other to take shelter. Under the circumstances, the need for better coordination between the police forces of the region has become the need of the hour and efforts are being made to improve sharing of inputs between the police forces of North East.
The meeting will also be attended by senior officers of the IB, National Investigation Agency (NIA) and senior officers of the Army and paramilitary forces engaged in the counter-insurgency operations in the region.