Meghalaya seeks more forces to counter insurgents

CM Mukul Sangma on Tuesday said his government has asked the Centre to deploy more para-military forces in Meghalaya to counter threat posed by militants who are using the state as a corridor in the northeast region.

Last Updated: Nov 30, 2010, 19:36 PM IST

Shillong: Chief Minister Mukul Sangma
on Tuesday said his government has asked the Centre to deploy more
para-military forces in Meghalaya to counter threat posed by
militants who are using the state as a corridor in the
northeast region.

"Review of the security apparatus revealed that the
state lacks adequate manpower. At present, the strength of the
state police force is only 9,191 and 987 vacant posts are yet
to be filled up," Sangma said.
"The government has approached the Union Ministry of
Home Affairs and impressed on the need of sending more
para-military forces to the state," he said.

He said the government was aware that militant groups
of northeast region were using Shillong as a corridor and
intelligence inputs had led to the arrest of some key members
of different outfits.

"The inclusion of the state DGP, as one of the members
of Unified Command in Assam, would play an effective role to
counter militancy," he said, adding, the problem of insurgency
was an offshoot of the poor economic condition in the region.

The nascent Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) has
also forged links with bigger militant groups of the North
East and was trying to increase extortion activities, he said.
He said the activities of the Achik National Volunteer
Council, which was now in ceasefire, were being monitored
minutely.

"The BSF and the state police have been cooperating to
control the activities of militants particularly on the
Indo-Bangladesh border," Sangma said in reply to a motion.

Former Lok Sabha Speaker and MLA Purno A Sangma said
Meghalaya, and Garo hills in particular, was increasingly
becoming a haven for various militant groups of the North
East, including ULFA and NDFB.

He said even the constituency of the chief minister
was used by militant groups as a corridor to Bangladesh.

He said the circulation of fake currency was alarming
and therefore, 1000 and 500 rupee notes were not accepted in
Bhutan.

The former Lok Sabha Speaker asked the chief minister
to consult the Centre to evolve a comprehensive strategy to
overcome the problem.

PTI