Ceasefire not in force in Arunachal: HM

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ITANAGAR, May 12 (Agencies): Union Home Minister P Chidamabaram has clearly stated that the ceasefire agreement with the Naga outfits did not extend to Arunachal Pradesh

The Home Minister was speaking to media persons this afternoon after attending a review meeting on security situation of the state.

When his attention was drawn to the reported turf war between NSCN (IM) and NSCN (K) in both the districts he said, and the state government could take stern action against the cadres of both the factions.

“They (NSCN factions) are fighting among themselves to eliminate both. But if they try to make people suffer due to their infighting, our forces will take firm action,” he added.

To tackle insurgency in Arunachal Pradesh districts bordering Nagaland and Myanmar a special central package was in the offing for modernising police forces in Tirap and Changlang, Union Home Minister P Chidambaram said on Saturday.

“The union home ministry has already sanctioned setting up of more police stations and recruitment of police. Besides, CRPF were being inducted to counter insurgent activities,” Chidambaram added.

The Arunachal Pradesh government has already started the process of recruitment for 1,526 police personnel for both the districts and their training process would start from July 2.

“Out of the total sanctioned strength, 400 policemen will be promoted from the existing force, while the rest will be recruited. The state government is undertaking the recruitment process in phased manner,” he said.

Making it clear that there would be no compromise with Maoists trying to destabilise peace in the north east, Home Minister P Chidambaram on Saturday said state governments of the region have been asked to deal with the ultras with a firm hand.

“There will be no compromise with the Maoists trying to destabilise peace in the region and police have been instructed to take stern action,” Chidambaram said.

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