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PC appeals to insurgents for talks, Violence has no place in a democracy

Chidambaram awards medal to a female police officer on completion of her basic course training at North Eastern Police Academy, Meghalaya. (NP)
Correspondent Umsaw (Meghalaya), Dec 14:
Published on 15 Dec. 2010 12:30 AM IST
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Union home minister P Chidambaram Tuesday appealed to the various insurgent groups come forward for talks, even as he expressed satisfaction that most of the insurgent groups in the North East are currently engaged in talks with the Central government.
"In the last two years, the Central government has taken various steps to welcome any group willing to give up arms and live in peace, he said and that violence has no place in a democracy," Chidambaram said at the passing out parade of the 36th batch basic course trainees at the North Eastern Police Academy (NEPA) here.
Stating North Eastern states occupy a special place in the country with its unique cultural heritage. the Home Minister said, "there is a need to respect such heritage with its rich plurality. We must learn to live together in the midst of such diversity."
"The region (North East) and its people have a glorious future," he opined, while urging the police fraternity to give all protection to the people of the region.
Addressing the 36th batch of trainees at the North East Police Academy, Barapani, the minister on his maiden visit, described NEPA as a 'novel academy', Chidambaram, while announcing Rs. 85 crores improve the infrastructure of the police academy besides expressing hope that all pending works would be completed by March 2013.
"The ministry plans to make NEPA a Centre of Excellence to become a model institution for similar centres," he said .
Established in 1978, the NEPA provided training to the police personnel of North Eastern States Police Organizations.It has trained more than 500 police officers on average per year.
Since inception, 10732 police officers have been trained and during 2010, 919 police officers from different states of the country have been trained.
Earlier, the union home minister saluted the Guard of Honour at the passing out parade in presence of Meghalaya chief minister, Mukul Sangma.
Altogther 179 trainees, consisting of 20 Dy. SPs (Prob) and 159 Cadet SIs, from the NE States, Manipur 134, Mizoram 1, Tripura 11, Meghalaya 22, Nagaland 5, Arunachal Pradesh 1 and Assam 5 passed out today, with a predominance of women trainees.

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