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NSAB chief reviews security situation in northeast states

SHILLONG, NOV 19(Correspondent)
Published on 19 Nov. 2012 11:54 PM IST
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In the wake of spurt of violence in Assam and Manipur, National Security Advisory Board chairman, Naresh Chandra Monday said that the government will not allow a “few group of people” to disturb peace and tranquility in the North eastern states.

“Public order will be maintained at all cost and the government cannot allow a “few group of people” to disturb peace and tranquility. The respective government must take necessary step against such group of people,” Chandra told journalists after reviewing the security situation in the northeastern with respective government officials from the region.

He added: “a group of militants cannot take the public and community for granted and disturb peace and tranquility”.
On the border management, Chandra said efficient border management remains a crucial factor for the country in its effort to improve the overall security scenario in the region.

The borders need to be managed to control infiltration of militants, illegal migrants and arms into the country. Though our borders with

Myanmar and Bangladesh cannot be physically sealed totally, but definitely can be “managed intelligently,” the NSAB Chairman said.

India’s landlocked northeast shares a 4,500 kilometer international border with Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar and China but connects with the rest of India by a 22-kilometer strip of land called the Siliguri Corridor.

Work is on to fence this entire stretch, but still the unfenced areas remain vulnerable to infiltration by militants, and other anti-national elements.

Members and officials were of the view that connectivity in terms of road, railways and airways would help mitigate the militancy problem to some extent, he said.

“More focus on education to make people employable, emphasis on infrastructure development and improving the quality of developmental programmes in the region would help in addressing the insurgency problem,” Chandra said.
Moreover, members of the advisory board also felt the need for more interfaces between people of India and the neighbouring countries.

The board chairman said that with Myanmar now being viewed as a “friendly” regime and so too Bangladesh, such people to people contacts would help ease tensions. Chandra, however, cautioned that no move should be undertaken, which potentially undermines the overall security of the country and region in particular.

On China’s claim over Arunachal Pradesh, Chandra said the issues that were raised were more of concerns relating to water sharing.

“We are not so sure about China and so all such developmental matters of water sharing and others have to be taken up diplomatically,” Chandra said.

Meanwhile, Chandra also called on chief minister Mukul Sangma and discussed the security situation in Meghalaya.

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