Growing Maoist activities in state worries PC

GUWAHATI: Union home minister P Chidambaram met chief minister Tarun Gogoi during a brief stopover here on his way to New Delhi on Thursday and discussed about the growth of Maoists in the state along the Indo-Bhutanese border and Assam-Arunachal Pradesh inter-state border.

After an hour-long meeting at the LGB International Airport here, Gogoi said, “I have told the home minister that though the activities of Maoists is relatively less here, it is growing and would assume alarming proportions very soon. He (Chidambaram) has expressed concern over the issue. I have been telling the Centre about this for quite some time now.”

He added, “I have asked for more security forces to tackle the growing Maoist menace. But at the moment, there is a shortage of forces and the government is not in position to spare additional personnel for the state.”

“I have asked financial assistance for those areas where we know the Maoists are raising their heads like it has been done with the Naxal-affected districts in other states. The border areas along the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh inter-state border and the Indo-Bhutanese border are fertile grounds for growth of Maoists. I have sought a special development plans from the Centre for these areas,” he said.

The chief minister added that the state government was planning Maoist-specific strategies. “Development is one of the major points of our strategy,” he added. The duo also discussed peace accords to be signed with the two factions of Dima Halam Daogah and the United Peoples Democratic Solidarity. “We have given our views and so has the home minister,” said Gogoi.

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