Illegal migration fuelled growth of ethnic militancy in NE: Purohit

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Guwahati, June 30: “DGPs/IGPs conference needs to be held frequently to counter structural constraints in effective management of the security situation in North Eastern region, Governor Banwarilal Purohit said here on Friday.

Speaking at the valedictory function of the 24th Conference of DGPs/IGPs and Heads of CPOs of North East at the Assam Administrative Staff College in Guwahati on Friday, Purohit said that the deliberations take place in the conference have the potential to thrash out effective strategy to deal with security threats.

“North East states have diverse ethnic, linguistic and religious groups with a wide spectrum of aspirations, ranging from separate administrative areas to even sovereignty. The region shares 5,484 km long international borders with Myanmar, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan and China. Much of the area near the international border has remained geographically isolated and remote with trans-border movement,” Purohit said.

He also said that perceived sense of alienation due to connectivity problems, lopsided development, apprehension regarding protection of ethnic identity in the face of large scale illegal migration etc have fuelled growth of a number of ethnic militants initially projecting themselves as saviour of the ethnic group but later degenerating into criminal activities engaged in arms smuggling and extortion.

He said the long and porous border coupled with evil designs of inimical forces have helped them to create safe heavens across the international border.

He further said that while counter insurgency has remained the primary focus of the security forces, with the gradual improvement in the situation, there is a need to focus on conventional policing and crime management.

“The police forces of the region need to be well aware of the dynamics in the society and train their personnel to constantly gauge mood of the population. Today India has made significant strides towards economic development at par with the developed countries of the world. It is imperative that dedicated efforts are made by all concerned to ensure peace and stability in the region so that the benefits of this significant phase of development can percolate down to the remotest corner of the North-East,” he further said.

The governor also called upon the DGPs, IGPs and heads of CPOs to remember that they are constitute a significant arm of good governance and any sustainable developmental effort can be initiated only with their active support. “The security forces today are facing the daunting task of tackling violent militancy while at the same time confronted with the challenge of earning public goodwill to effectively control crimes, students and agrarian unrest and a variety of other issues,” the governor said.

The governor also congratulated the senior formation of the police administration and CPOs operating in North Eastern states for their critical contribution in curbing militancy in the region and also for bringing many of the militant outfits to the negotiating table. He however said that sustained efforts will be needed to ensure lasting peace and all round development in the areas affected by insurgency related violence and also ethnic disturbances.

Chief Secretary VK Pipersenia, DGP Mukesh Sahay, DGPs and IGPs of all North Eastern states were present on the occasion.

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