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Central team to take stock of Assam situation

K Anurag in Guwahati | February 14, 2008 17:45 IST

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A high-level team of officials from the Central government arrived in Assam on Thursday afternoon to review the internal security scenario in the state in the wake of upsurge in the activities of the banned United Liberation Front of Asom and deteriorating insurgency situation in North Cachar Hill district where the construction of infrastructure development projects and a Central power corporation plant are under militants' radar.

Official sources in Guwahati informed that the Central team would be led by Cabinet Secretary K M Chandrasekhar who would be accompanied by Union Special Secretary Home M L Kumawat and Defence Secretary Vijay Singh [Images].

The Central delegation will have a meeting with the unified command for counter-insurgency operation in the state to take stock of the situation in the ground besides meeting the State Governor Lt Gen (Retd ) Ajai Singh at Raj Bhavan in Guwahati on Friday night.

The Central government is very concerned about the deteriorating law and order situation in the North Cachar Hill district of Assam where Black Widow or the anti-talks faction of the Dima Halam Daogah militants group led by Jewel Garlosa has been ruling the roost by killing and intimidating people at their will despite heavy presence of the army and paramilitary forces in the area.

The militants' threat has seriously affected works on East West Corridor project of National Highway Authority in the hill district as well as the massive gauge conversion work of Indian Railways.

Moreover, employees of Kopili Hydro Power Project of Northeastern Electric Power Corporation, a Central government enterprise, has been repeatedly attacked by suspected Black Widow militants who had earlier slapped an extortion demand on the NEEPCO authority.

Meanwhile, the Assam home department has prepared lists of topics to be highlighted in the meeting with the high-level Central team.

State Chief Secretary P C Sharma held a meeting with the director general of Assam police and State home commissioner on Wednesday evening as a prelude to the meeting with the Central fact-finding team.