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New rebel groups in Meghalaya

india Updated: Nov 19, 2008 20:06 IST
Hajong Liberation Army

Meghalaya government has asked the security forces to crack a whip on Hajong Liberation Army and Achik National Security Defence -- the two new extremist groups in the state.

"Officials of South Garo Hills and West Khasi Hills districts have received inputs about some new extremists groups coming up in their areas," chief secretary Ranjan Chatterjee told reporters after emerging from a high-level security meeting today.

Chatterjee said that instructions have been given to check the groups at an early stage after they have been identified as Hajong Liberation Army and Achik National Security Defence.

However, the situation in the militancy-infested districts such as East Garo Hills were improving, he said.

Issues related to the Indo-Bangla border fencing was also discussed at today's meeting, which was chaired by Chief Minister Donkupar Roy and participated by deputy commissioners, superintendents of police and other senior government officials.

The meeting also proposed to set up two additional police posts at Nongkhlem and Aradonga in West Khasi Hills, besides upgrading the Byrnihat police station along the Assam border by setting up an integrated check post there, official sources said.