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Jehadi footprint in NE in elementary stage: IB
Correspondent/Agencies SHILLONG, OCT 31:
Published on 1 Nov. 2009 12:26 AM IST
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The jehadi ‘footprint’ in the North East was in the elementary stage, but it could mature in future, a top IB official said on Saturday. “There are no major footprints of jehadi terrorism in the Northeastern region,” Additional Director of Intelligence Bureau R N Ravi said. “You have radical elements in the neighbourhood. Again, you have some people in the North East who are disgruntled against the state and the system. There is a convergence between the two,” Ravi told reporters after the conclusion of the North East DGPs conference here. The convergence, he said, was at an elementary level, but it could mature soon. “The security apparatus is focusing its resources to pre-empt any situation which is pregnant with such possibility,” the IB official said. Meghalaya DGP SB Kakati said though only some parts of Assam, Manipur and Nagaland were insurgency affected, states like Meghalaya, which has an international border, were being used by militants as corridors. He admitted that there were inputs of frequent movement of militants from Bangladesh through the porous Indo-Bangla border. AFSPA ineffective The controversial Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act today came under the scanner of Meghalaya Governor R S Mooshahary and additional director of Intelligence Bureau with both maintaining that it was time to revisit the enforcement of the Act in Manipur. “The prolonged use of the Act has made it ineffective. There have been abuses of the Act and it will continue. If it is removed, I think the situation would not worsen, in fact it will improve,” Mooshahary told a conference of northeastern states’ police chiefs here. “AFSPA has lived its tenure and the Act was ineffective because of its prolonged use in the northeast,” he said. “We need to re-visit the use of AFSPA in the region. Prolonged use of the Act has made civil society to think that all are enemies,” Mooshahary said. Mooshahary, former chief of NSG and BSF, said it is human nature to “transgress the bounds of law”. It is time to reconsider the Act. Once it is removed, the civil society will be more responsible. There is always a scope of reintroducing it, if one thinks that it is needed, he said. Echoing the Governor’s views, Additional Director Intelligence Bureau, RN Ravi said, the central security forces will have only “clinical approach” to the insurgency problem in the region. “The state police can do better jobs in terms of not harming the community during its counter-insurgency operations,” he said. Stating that de-linking army and central security forces from counter-insurgency operations in the region will be a gradual process, Ravi said, “its time that security forces should adopt nuances-approach while dealing with the prolonged- insurgency problem in the region.” Supporting Mooshahary’s idea of state police taking over the role of central security force in tackling insurgency, Meghalaya Director General of Police, Sibabrata Kakati said, reduction of armed forces is a good idea. Presently, the central security forces have the attitude of “us and they.”

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