Nagaland CM’s concern over Adivasi ultras

NEW DELHI, April 18 – Even as Union Home Minister P Chidambaram sounded alarm over the Maoists making inroads into the State, Assam Police and CRPF have come under attack of Nagaland Chief Minister N Rio for turning a blind eye to growing activities of Adivasi National Liberation Army (ANLA) along Assam-Nagaland border.

The Nagaland Chief Minister has demanded that operational control of CRPF based in the Disturbed Area Belt (DAB) be taken over by New Delhi from Assam Police.

Assam has emerged as the new theatre of Maoist activity. There are also inputs about the links of CPI (Maoist) with insurgent groups in Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh, the Union Home Minister had said while addressing the Conference of Chief Ministers on Internal Security on Monday.

‘Naxalism has made its presence felt in the State this year,’ Rio said.

“The training of ANLA cadres going on along the Nagaland-Assam border is a source of worry to us. The State’s ability to deal with these issues is limited because of the fact that policing of the DAB is with the CRPF, which is under the operational command of the Additional Director General of Police, Assam,” he said.

“For some inexplicable reason, the CRPF posted in the DAB are not doing enough to stop their activities in this area,” alleged the Nagaland Chief Minister.

“The CRPF, which guards the DAB between Nagaland and Assam lacks the neutrality demanded of such a force. It is suggested that the operational control of the force be shifted away from Assam and be placed in New Delhi.

“This will remove the air of suspicion that pervades the force in the DAB, Rio suggested.

The area mentioned by the Nagaland Chief Minister is part of the inter-state boundary dispute between the two States spread over the districts of Jorhat and Golaghat and adjoining areas, currently pending resolution in Supreme Court.

Meanwhile, addressing the conference of Chief Ministers on Internal Security, Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has proposed sealing of the international border with Myanmar to curb movement of militants across the border.

Because of its unique location with international border with Myanmar, China and Bhutan, Arunachal Pradesh faces insurgency problems, especially from Myanmar side of the border,” he said.

Meanwhile, Meghalaya Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma is the latest in the long line of Chief Ministers of the North-east to sound the alarm bells over increasing cases of illegal infiltration from Bangladesh. Meghalaya, which has 443 km of border with Bangladesh, faces serious problems on account of influx of foreign nationals not only from across the border but also through secondary migration from the neighbouring State, Dr Sangma said.

The State Government has decided to set up an Anti-Infiltration Directorate, which will work as a second line of defence to effectively check the problem of cross border infiltration. Special joint teams constituted for detecting infiltrators at the District level have become functional. During the year 2011, as many as 2,800 persons were detected, 156 prosecuted and 2,644 pushed back directly, he said.

Manipur Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh highlighted the importance of effective surveillance over the Indo-Myanmar border. The Ministry of Home Affairs finalised a proposal to construct 4585 km of roads, 113 helipads and 2 helibases along the Indo-Myanmar border.

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