DGP reviews law & order situation in Cachar

SILCHAR, Nov 3: Assam DGP Khagen Sharma made his maiden visit to Barak Valley on Monday to take stock of the law and order situation in the region.
The DGP held a meeting with the Superintendents of Police of Cachar, Karimganj, Hailakandi and Dima Hasao districts to discuss the prevailing law and order situation of the region at the conference hall of office of the Cachar SP.
Sharma was accompanied by Satyendra Narayan Singh, Inspector General of Police (law and order) and Anurag Agarwal, Deputy Inspector General of Police, Southern Range, Assam.
The DGP while interacting with media-persons in a press-meet said that certain international terrorist groups of Bangladesh and Myanmar are using this valley to smuggle arms and ammunition. Sharma further said Barak Valley shares international border with Bangladesh and also with the states of Tripura, Manipur, Meghalaya and Mizoram which is one of the primary reasons behind the terrorist organizations using this place as a safe corridor for their antinational activities. It is indeed a matter of concern that militants are using Barak Valley as a safe haven for shelter to reach Myanmar and Bangladesh for smuggling of arms and contraband.
Sharma assured that though there here have been instances of terrorist and jihadi activities along the Indo-Bangla border, the state police department is keeping a tight vigil to nab the terrorists. Speaking about the law and order situation in the valley, the DGP said that the situation is under control in the entire state of Assam including Barak Valley comprising the three districts of Cachar, Karimganj and Hailakandi. He further said that the crime rate is steadily reducing.
Sharma pointed out that presently the state government is involved in talks with as many as 13 terror modules, six of which are very active in the state, to lay down their arms. It shows the situation has improved in the state. On being asked about the suspected Maoist activities in the state, Khagen Sharma said that a certain section of people with Leftist ideologies are trying to influence the people, most of whom are illiterate, financially poor and socially backward, particularly in the tea garden areas of the valley. The police department is keeping a close eye on such activities and will not hesitate to take firm action if the need arises.
Speaking about the threat perception during Diwali, Sharma said such threats are common before any religious festival and other big social events in the state the police department is ready to tackle any untoward scenario. Replying to a query about the huge number of posts lying vacant in the state police service, the Director General of Police said as such there is not a major shortage of police personnel in the state, but in view of the ever increasing crime, it will help the department to maintain law and order better if the number of police personnel is increased. He said that steps are being taken to fill the remaining vacancies at the earliest.
Expressing his overall satisfaction at the functioning of Assam Police, Khagen Sharma said that the state police is among the most well equipped in the country. Modern gadgets and latest technical knowhow are being provided on a regular basis to equip Assam police to tackle any emergency situation successfully.
Today, in a programme held at Banga Bhawan, Khagen Sharma, S N Singh, Anurag Agarwal, Rajveer Singh were felicitated by the leading figures of the town. They were also presented a book on the hundred years of history of undivided Sylhet. Khagen Sharma said if the police do any good work for public welfare, the people of the valley praise the department wholeheartedly. The contribution of the valley towards the development of the country is immense. But there are some anti-social elements who always try communal tension on ethnic lines.
S N Singh said Barak Valley is a lovely place to work in. The ‘heroes’ get recognition for their good work in the valley. The police department here always gets recognized for its good work. There are so many communities who live here but there are no communal tensions, it is rightly the island of peace. Taimur Raja Choudhury told the DGP that earlier police used to conduct a public meet on a regular basis with the residents in every police station, it should be restarted again. Khagen Sharma assured him that the issue will be looked at.
D N Biswas, permanent member of Silchar Lok Adalat, further urged upon Khagen Sharma that now all the FIRs in Lok Adalat are now submitted in English while earlier it used to be written in Bengali. The administration should provide a copy of the FIR in Bengali as majority of the people who attend the Adalat are not well proficient in English. In his message to the youth, Khagen Sharma said unemployment in the state is a seriously major issue. Underdeveloped areas are breeding grounds of insurgency, terrorism and antinational activities. The state should be free from such disturbances or else big industries will not set up their base in Assam. (Source: SentinelAssam)

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