`Large presence of security troops in NE vital`

Home Minister P Chidambaram Thursday said the large presence of security forces in the North Eastern states was necessary to deal with the threat of violence and cases of extortion there.

New Delhi: Home Minister P Chidambaram
Thursday said the large presence of security forces in the North Eastern states was necessary to deal with the threat of violence and cases of extortion there.

Addressing the conference of DGPs and IGPs, Chidambaram said some splinter groups and some smaller groups in the Northeast were still holding out and refusing to accept the offer of talks.

"In Manipur, a united front of seven Meiti underground
groups has been formed. Therefore, a large presence of
security forces in the North Eastern states is a necessity to
deal with both the threat of violence and the cases of
extortion," he said.

The Home Minister, however, said there was remarkable
improvement in the security situation in some of the North
Eastern states but it has not attracted the attention that it
deserves.

Chidambaram said last year he had referred to the
appointment of two interlocutors to talk to various groups in
Assam, Manipur and Nagaland.
"I am happy to report further progress. We have ceasefire
agreements with both NSCN(IM) and NSCN(K). We have Suspension
of Operation agreements with NDFB, UPDS, DHD, ANVC, KNO, UPF
and, more recently, with ULFA. The commencement of formal
talks with NSCN(IM) and ULFA has been enthusiastically
welcomed by the people," he said.

The Home Minister said though the Central government was
happy with the decline in the level of violence, it can be
satisfied only if the ongoing talks with different groups lead
to the disbanding of armed cadres and honourable political
agreements.

PTI

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