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Chidambaram takes up NC Hills terror case
Published on 2 Jun. 2009 12:42 AM IST
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The Centre has intensified efforts to restore normalcy in North Cachar Hills district with home minister P. Chidambaram summoning Assam chief secretary P.C. Sharma and the director-general of police, G.M. Srivastava, to Delhi Tuesday evening to review law and order in the trouble-ridden district. Chidambaram wants an early end to the continuing violence in NC Hills, sources said according to The Telegraph. The state government’s eagerness to end lawlessness in the hill district is also evident from the arrest of the chief executive member of the district autonomous council, Mohit Hojai, yesterday and its attempt to streamline the functioning of the council. After meeting Chidambaram, the senior Assam officials will be closeted in a meeting with cabinet secretary K.M. Chandrasekhar who on Monday had an hour long review of the situation through video conferencing with Sharma. The back-to-back meetings indicate the seriousness of the Centre as well as Dispur to get things back to normal. There would be zero-tolerance towards those indulging in subversive activities in the district, sources in Dispur said. They said things had started moving after the visit of a team of senior home ministry officials to Haflong on Thursday. It stressed the need to run trains at the earliest by involving army personnel. Sources said the two officials would not only brief Chidambaram and Chandrasekhar about follow-up measures being taken after the central team’s visit, but would apprise them of the constraints, including shortage of security personnel and lack of coordination, in implementing certain suggestions. As part of its measures to bolster security, Dispur will reshuffle the bureaucracy and police in NC Hills. “Enterprising and upright” officials who will help run the council and some experienced police officers able to add teeth to the law and order machinery, will be posted in the district. Chief minister Tarun Gogoi, who the cabinet authorised last evening to take appropriate steps to restore normalcy in the district, has made it clear that operations to neutralise the militants will continue and there is no question of ceasefire unless the DHD (J) abjures violence and surrenders arms. NIA gets to tackle Assam terror cases The National Investigation Agency (NIA), formed after the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, will handle two terror incidents in Assam allegedly perpetrated in the North Cachar Hills by the Dima Halim Daogah (DHD) headed by Jewel Garlossa, a home ministry official said. The DHD (Jewel) has unleashed a reign of terror in the areas of Cachar, North Cachar Hills, Karbi Anglong and Nagaon districts of the state, according to ministry officials. A ministry statement said that two cases have been registered by the Assam Police in which cash amounting to over Rs.100 million, weapons and mobile phones had been recovered and a number of persons arrested. “Preliminary investigations have revealed that the funds were meant for an underground group for procurement of arms and ammunition and other terrorist related activities,” the statement said. Sources in the home ministry said that the DHD (Jewel) is known to have links not only with other Northeastern organisations, including the NSCN (I-M), the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) and the National Democratic Front of Bodoland but also with the likes of Pakistan’s ISI. This will be a test case for the NIA, which was set up early this year and is headed by Radha Vinod Raju, a 1975-batch Indian Police Service officer. Home Minister P. Chidambaram was keen to operationalise the NIA and this was part of his 100-day agenda in his second stint in office.

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