Police Force Plays Active Role in NCTC

Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Monday stressed the active role of police in the proposed National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC).

Addressing a press conference in Guwahati Gogoi said some amendments are necessary in the centre’s proposed NCTC as police has to play active role.

“It is a must for the involvement of police in NCTC and so some amendments are necessary in the entire set up,” Gogoi said.

Addressing the maoist issue, the Assam CM said the union government has taken up the issue seriously as presence of maoist rebels entire in the north east region, specially in Assam and the state government has been growing tremendously.

“To tackle the maoist isuue, the state government has decided to set up two special cell of Assam police under the rank of IGP,” he said.

“The tactics of maoist rebels are different to other insurgent groups in the region. So we need some special security officers who will deal the overall situation,” Gogoi said.

On May 9, four maoist rebels including an area commander were killed in an encounter with security forces in Upper Assam’s Tinsukia district along with the Arunachal Pradesh border.

Intelligence Bureau (IB) alerted the security forces and the state governments of the region on various occasions as the Maoists have increasingly setting up their bases in the region with the help of some local militants and organizations.

The IB report also said that the left wing rebels are targeting some undeveloped areas in Assam and others parts of the region. Recently, they has formed three committee and arms wings in Assam.

A high official source of Assam police claimed that maoist rebels has been trying to communicate to some ex-rebels in Assam for collecting arms-ammunitions.

During his day-long visit to Arunachal Pradesh on May 12, Union Home Minister P Chidambaram had instructed the police and state governments in the region to take stern action against the Maoists to tackle the issue.

Hemanta Kumar Nath is a correspondent in Assam, India, who reports on local news in Assam, the north east Indian state.