Centre rules out Army operation in Meghalaya

Last Updated: Sunday, February 19, 2012 - 16:07

Shillong: Union Home Minister P Chidambaram
on Sunday said the Centre has taken a "serious note" of terror
activities of GNLA but ruled out involving army in counter
insurgency operations in Meghalaya.

Chidambaram, who reviewed the security scenario of the
state, told reporters that the Centre had taken "serious" note
of the terror activities of the GNLA fighting for a sovereign
Garo land in the western areas of Meghalaya.

However, ruling out engaging Army in counter insurgency
operations in the state, he said, "The state police, the CRPF
and the BSF are quite capable of handling the issue. Their
numbers are small...We are determined to put an end to the
scourge of militancy by GNLA...security forces will make every
attempt to control their activities."

The GNLA, which was deemed a terror outfit a month ago,
is engaged in kidnapping, extortion and killing in the
impoverished Garo Hills district of Meghalaya.

The Home Minister also warned all those who are directly
or indirectly aiding the outfit.

"The Centre has declared GNLA a terror outfit and all
those, knowingly or unknowingly, helping it must take note of
this. No one can provide overt or covert support, harbour
cadres or members of the outfit, provide funds for them or
help the GNLA raise funds. The law will act on all such
people," he said.

On a question whether Centre will engage a dialogue with
them, Chidambaram said, "There is no question of a dialogue
with them. They have to abjure violence, give up arms and then
we will see."

PTI



First Published: Sunday, February 19, 2012 - 16:07

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