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Assam DGP suggests umbrella body for cops for better coordination in northeast

Assam’s director general of police Mukesh Sahay suggested the creation of an umbrella organisation of police forces in eight states in the region to tackle militant groups.

india Updated: Jul 01, 2017 01:41 IST
Rahul Karmakar
The Assam police chief said if militants can have an umbrella organisation, so can police for better coordination. (Photo: assampolice.gov.in)
The Assam police chief said if militants can have an umbrella organisation, so can police for better coordination. (Photo: assampolice.gov.in)

Police forces across the Northeast have taken a leaf out of the book of militant groups for a united front.

Assam’s director general of police Mukesh Sahay suggested on Thursday the creation of an umbrella organisation of police forces in eight states in the region.

He put forth the idea at the 24th conference of director generals (DGs) and inspector generals (IGs) of police of the Northeast.

Satyendra Garg, joint secretary (Northeast) in the ministry of home affairs, attended the meeting, besides officers of region-specific paramilitary forces such as Shokin Chauhan, director general of Assam Rifles. The plan includes West Bengal police for strategic reasons.

“The Assam police chief said if militants can have an umbrella organisation, so can the police for better coordination among the forces across the Northeast. All DGs and IGs endorsed the idea while Garg seemed to appreciate it,” a senior police officer of the Assam-Meghalaya cadre said.

The diverse militant outfits of the Northeast currently have two umbrella organisations. One is the United Liberation Front of Western South East Asia (UNLFW), a front comprising six groups, including SS Khaplang faction of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland, United Liberation Front of Asom-Independent and National Democratic Front of Boroland.

The other is the Manipur-based organisation Coordination Commitee or CorCom that has groups such as the Kangleipak Communist Party and Kanglei Yawol Kanna Lup.

The groups often coordinate for subversive strikes in each other’s territories and beyond.

The police chiefs of states bordering Myanmar suggested fencing of the 1,643 km India-Myanmar border but Garg said it would not solve the problem because of “difficult terrain and common ethnicity on either side of the border”. He added that “rather the Assam Rifles should realign for a stronger border posture”.

Shokin Chauhan, the director-general of Assam Rifles offered training at the Assam Rifles Training Centre in Nagaland’s Dimapur.

Chauhan also suggested joint operations and patrolling by the police and Assam Rifles.