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Police in communally sensitive states caught napping

The pattern of communal violence in different parts of the country last year shows that the state police has been caught napping.

india Updated: Feb 11, 2007 12:10 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

The pattern of communal violence in different parts of the country last year shows that the state police has been caught napping as most incidents occurred at places already marked "sensitive" and "hyper-sensitive".

Though the overall communal sitaution has been described as "satisfactory", a high-level internal security review meeting noted with concern that "90 per cent of the cases reported during 2006 occurred at places classified by the Union Home Ministry as sensitive and hyper-sensitive.

Sources in the MHA said the statistics bring to the fore the fact the advisories issued by the security establishment were not taken seriously.

A bill on communal violence, which is before Parliament, has a chapter on special powers of the Central Government to deal with communal incidents in certain cases.

It says that if a State Government has failed to take appropriate action to prevent and control communal violence, the Centre may declare any area within a State as "communally disturbed area" and carry out deployment of armed forces on a request from that State.

Besides the issue of communal violence, the situation in the northeast also came under the scanner and concern was expressed over the militant build up in Assam, Nagaland and Manipur. (More)

The outlawed ULFA, which had killed 70 migrant labourers in parts of Upper Assam in January, had threatened to boycott the Games but subsequently withdrew its boycott call.

Sources in the MHA said though the results of the anti-insurgency operation by the Unified Command in Assam has produced good results, the political turmoil in neighbouring Bangladesh could have a reflection in the State.

They said the situation in Nagaland was not that good because of intermittent ethnic clashes between different Naga tribes. The support base of the two major militant outfits in the state -- NSCN (Isaac-Muivah) and NSCN (Khaplang) -- are along tribal lines and rift between them has widened in the recent past.

Intelligence reports also say that militant outfits could cause disturbances in poll-bound Manipur if the state threw up a hung Assembly, which has been the case most of the time.

In view of these concerns, the MHA is likely to issue advisories to these states to sensitise them in time, the sources said.

First Published: Feb 11, 2007 12:10 IST