Security forces to set up co-op mechanism to tackle insurgency
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Last Updated: Thursday, November 05, 2009, 14:07
Agartala: A mechanism is being put in place to ensure cooperation among security forces in the Northeastern states to effectively tackle the menace of insurgency.

A Regional Cooperation Mechanism (RCM) would be set up in Shillong, among the security forces of the seven Northeastern states and Sikkim to exchange information about movement and plans of the outfits, Tripura DGP Pranay Sahaya said today.

A decision to this effect was taken in a two-day meeting of the DGPs of the region from October 30.

RCM would help in better coordination among the security forces of the region as various insurgent outfits of N-E were maintaining cooperation among them for conducting insurgent activities, the DGP said.

All the district SPs, state and central paramilitary forces and intelligence agencies of the region would now work in active cooperation and exchange information about movement and plans of the outfits, he said.

Participants of the meeting also requested the Ministry of Home Affairs to set up an arms depot in the region so that forces could procure arms and ammunition quickly.

Insurgent outfits like All Tripura Tiger Force (ATTF), United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA), Kamtapur Liberation Organisation (KLO), and Manipur People's Liberation Front (MPLF) have tied up for cooperation among themselves and launch joint operations, Sahaya said.

The meeting, also discussed formulating of a strategy on border management, and was attended by senior officers of Intelligence Bureau, Research and Analysis Wing, Assam Rifles, Army and Indo-Tibetan Border Police.

Though insurgency has declined in some states of the region, some criminal groups were still extorting money from contractors undertaking big projects, Sahaya said, adding special posts for dealing with these kinds of activities would also be formed.

The meeting also discussed about checking infiltration along the borders of Bangladesh and Myanmar and stressed the need for strengthening border outposts and mobile task force.

However, he said, the rate of infiltration from Bangladesh was decreasing in Tripura.

"Altogether 2000 Bangladeshi infiltrators were pushed back from Tripura in 2007. The number declined to 1000 last year and this year, it is slightly more than 600," he added.

Tripura alone shares 856 KM porous border with Bangladesh, while the entire region shares about 1000 km border with the neighbouring country.

Bureau Report

First Published: Thursday, November 05, 2009, 14:07

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