Silchar: State director general of police (DGP), Jayanta Narayan Chawdhary on Sunday said there were reports of Maoists trying to make their presence felt and spread panic in the tea belt of Barak valley.
The DGP who came for a routine visit here and in Dima Hasao districts said Maoist activities were yet to gain momentum in southern Assam, unlike Dibrugarh and Tinsukia districts.
“According to intelligence reports, Maoist elements held a couple of meetings in some of the tea gardens of Barak Valley. They are trying to use the tea gardens as the platform for unlawful activities. These areas are dominated by the tribal community of Jharkhand and Santhal in particular. Given the circumstances, both the Centre and state government are trying to nip the phenomenon in the bud”, said Chawdhary.
In response to the recent reports of the alleged existence of the outlaws in Assam University, Silchar, the DGP said the AU had not turned into a Maoist den. “There is no such danger here. However, there may be students who are influenced by the Maoist ideology. The same is the case some other universities of the country including that of West Bengal,” he said.
The DGP also called upon Ulfa commander-in-chief Paresh Barua to join the ongoing peace process with a section of the outfit and come to the mainstream for the sake of permanent peace in the state.
Chawdhary reviewed the law and order situation in this part of Assam in a high-level meeting held on Sunday which was attended by all the SPs and commandants of different battalions of police of Cachar, Karimganj and Hailakandi districts of Barak Valley.