Centre concerned over ceasefire violation by insurgent groups
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Last Updated: Tuesday, July 28, 2009, 16:17
New Delhi: The government on Tuesday expressed concern over the violation of ceasefire agreement by insurgent groups active in parts of Arunachal Pradesh and said the matter has been taken up with the neighbouring countries to ensure that they do not give shelter to these groups.

"I concede that despite ceasefire arrangement with insurgent groups, violations do happen and we have taken a grave notice of this," Home Minister P Chidambaram said during the Question Hour.

The major insurgent groups active in Arunachal Pradesh are National Socialist Council of Nagaland (I/M) and National Socialist Council of Nagaland (K) especially in the Tirap and Changlang districts.

The Union Home Secretary held discussions with the state government in March this year to review the situation, the minister said adding that the government has strengthened security on India-Myanmar border.

On whether the insurgent groups were operating with support of neighbouring countries, he said "successive governments have taken up this matter with the neighbouring countries and continue to take up with limited success."

There is a new government in the neighbouring country of Bangladesh and "our assessment is that the new government is more responsive than the previous one," he said.

Bureau Report

First Published: Tuesday, July 28, 2009, 16:17

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