Ravi for integrated approach by NE police

Ravi for integrated approach by NE police
Governor RN Ravi, Deputy CM Y Patton and other dignitaries. (Inset) Ravi addressing the conference of DGsP/IGsP and heads of CPOs of North Eastern states on Thursday. (NP)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, SEP 5 (NPN) | Publish Date: 9/5/2019 10:33:36 AM IST


Nagaland governor R.N.Ravi has said that the fragmented approach by police forces and security agencies of north eastern states needs to be formulated into an integrated approach to tackle rise in militancy-related crimes.

He said this while addressing police chiefs of the north eastern states and heads of central police organisations at Nagaland Police Complex here Thursday under the theme “ Changing Paradigm of Challenges and Police Preparedness”. 

Ravi, who is associated with the Conference, said the forum today offers an integrated approach to security of the region. 

Referring to the conference theme, Ravi said it was relevant as paradigm of security in northeast reason has made significant change since last five years. He credited this change to the tireless ground efforts of the security agencies and firm policies of the Central government. 

The governor asserted that the firm policies of the Central government not to have political negotiation under the shadow of gun have led to significant improvement in security situation of the region.

Since change was visible at the macro-level, Ravi said the dividends of peace must reach the common man and that people must have a secure environment where their life, dignity and property are safe. 

He said this was possible only when police pays attention to normal policing- that is prevention, detection of crimes and successful prosecution of criminals.

He pointed out that protracted insurgencies in the region had led to proliferation of illicit arms and illicit arms trade. Ravi said it was unfortunate that the region has the dubious distinction of being a source for illicit arms. The governor urged all states to run a coordinated drive against illicit arms, which were proliferating in the region and are also being sent to other states of the country.

Ravi said the policing was grossly inadequate during the long counter insurgency period and the thrust on policing today has to shift to professional policing. 

Ravi however, lamented that the present performance records of the police of the region on these parameters were far from satisfactory. 

To boost the morale of the police men and women, Ravi suggested the conference develop a mechanism to identify, the best police station and the best police district of the northeast region every year and honour them suitably.

On rise of militant Islam in the region, he said the phenomenon was a challenge both at global and nation level. He said it was a challenge for northeast region in many special ways because the geography of the region as any such rise would severely impact the region.

Ravi then cautioned all law enforcing agencies of the region to be alert saying since the focus has to shift from combating active insurgency to tackling criminalisation because of weakening insurgency and invasion of foreigners and the rise of militant Islam movement.

 On NRC , the governor admitted that identification of large number of foreigners in Assam has created apprehensions among the neighbouring states of their likely infiltration in neighbouring states. He urged the conference to work out effective operational strategies to prevent illegal migrants from sneaking into neighbouring states and also allay apprehensions of the neighbours through proper perception management. 

Earlier in his address, Nagaland home minister Y. Patton highlighted the insurgency problem faced by the north-eastern states for over 60 years and its adverse impact on the political and socio-economic development of the region.

He said it a definite strategy with political, social and security measures was required to develop a comprehensive system to systematically secure the porous northeast region which borders five international countries.

Highlighting the close coordination between insurgent groups in sharing information, weapons, intelligence etc., Patton said there was a need to strengthen the existing system of coordination between law enforcing agencies of the region to tackle the insurgency.

In this regard, the home minister suggested setting up of an institutional structure for better co-ordination to deal with interstate issues especially insurgency and law and order problems.

Earlier, welcome addresses were delivered by additional director IB, A K Mishra and DPG Nagaland, T. John Longkumer and vote of thanks by joint director SIB Kohima. 


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