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Sonowal says Islamic radical forces spreading bases in NE

Sonowal says Islamic radical forces spreading bases in NE
Sarbananda Sonowal
Shillong, Jul 10 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 7/10/2018 11:59:24 PM IST
Assam Chief Minister, Sarbananda Sonowal on Monday impressed upon the need for all the Northeastern states to come together and effectively deal with the challenges of Islamic radical forces in the region, reports TNT.
Expressing concerns over reports suggesting a rise of Islamic radical forces in the region during the 67th Plenary Meet of the North Eastern Council (NEC) in Shillong on Monday, Sonowal said that Islamic radical forces have spread their bases in the Northeast and sought inter-state and international cooperation to overcome the security challenge.
He had said that the militants operating in one state find shelter in another and cross over to neighbouring countries and there is also expansion of Islamic radical forces in the region.
He also called upon all the Governors and Chief Ministers of the Northeastern states to work together and address this challenges collectively.
Responding to the Assam chief minister’s call, the CMs and Governors of the region on Tuesday seconded the Sonowal’s suggestion and agreed to work together and deal with the serious issue together.
Talking to newsmen, Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma on Tuesday said that when it comes to security concerns it is not linked to any particular organisation but all the northeastern states need to work together when it comes to sharing of information and inputs and NEC is the right platform.
Manipur Governor, Najma Heptulla felt that it is very important for the notheastern states to work together as the region consists of porous border through which not just arms, ammunition and drugs comes in but people from other countries with different ideologies as well and it should be opposed. She further said that if there are any such movements, she will ask her Chief Minister to oppose it and take care of it.
The Union Home Minister had yesterday stated that as compared to the 90s, insurgency related incidents in the region have come down by 85 per cent and that there is 96 percent reduction in civilian and security forces casualties.

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