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Operations against NSCNs in Arunachal
Published on 6 Apr. 2010 12:34 AM IST
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Union home minister, P Chidambaram during his recent visit to Arunachal Pradesh directed the Army and paramilitary forces to launch full scale operations against both the factions of the NSCN in the two trouble torn Tirap and Changlang districts.
Quoting ‘highly placed official sources,’ The Assam Tribune reported that the decision was taken after a thorough review of the situation in a high level meeting, which was attended among others by senior officers of the Army, Assam Rifles, and other paramilitary forces. The main purpose of the visit of Chidambaram was to assess the situation on the ground following reports of disturbance in Tirap and Changlang districts. Sources revealed that Chidambaram asked the forces to adopt a “zero tolerance policy” during the operations and made it very clear that the cease-fire agreements with both factions of the NSCN were applicable only in the geographical boundary of Nagaland and that strong action should be taken against any member of the outfits found to be indulging in unlawful activity elsewhere.
It was revealed that the Centre would also extend cooperation to Arunachal Government to strengthen its own police force. Chidambaram even visited some of the police stations in Tirap district to see the functioning of the police forces on the ground and found that there was an urgent need for strengthening the police force of the State to deal with the situation. Sources said that the major shortcomings found by the union home minister during the visit to the police stations included shortage of manpower, shortage of vehicles etc.
Meanwhile, sources said that not much should be read into Chidambaram’s visit to Tawang as he visited the place only at the request of the Chief Minister.

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