Rajnath Singh Discusses Counterterrorism Efforts With NE Chief Ministers

To deal with terror in North East India, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh this week met with Chief Ministers of the eight north eastern states.

A top official of Assam state home department said Rajnath Singh, his deputy Kiren Rijiju, DONER minister Jitendra Singh would be meeting with the Chief Ministers of eight north eastern states, top officials of the Home ministry, Assam Rifles, Intelligence Bureau (IB), and the BSF.

The official said that during the one-day meeting, the agenda included strategies to deal with terror, border management and other security-related matters.

“The issues of natural disaster, climate change were also discussed in the day-long meet,” the official said.

It was reported that the Union Home Ministry was worried by the deadly attack on the army by militant groups in Chandel district in Manipur, June 4. 18 army soldiers were killed in that incident.

Recently, several rebel groups in the northeast region formed a new conglomerate militant group, called United Liberation Front of Western South East Asia (UNLFW). The participating groups include NSCN(Khaplang), ULFA(I), NDFB(S), and KLO.

This new group claimed responsibility for the attack on June 4.

The day before the militant attack, army troops and police received a tipoff, about militant activity in the Chirang district of Assam. The security forces launched a search operation in the Shantipara area of the BTAD district, and captured a cache of arms and ammunition.

A defence spokesman based in Guwahati said they recovered a 9mm Uzi sub machine pistol with a silencer, 60 rounds of 9mm ammunition, two radio sets, some incriminating documents and other war like stores.

They suspect the arms and ammunition belonged to G Bidai, a newly appointed vice president of the Bodo militant group.

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