SHILLONG, December 22: Calling for a unified, coordinated and cohesive strategy to tackle the common threats faced by the North Eastern States, Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma on Saturdaysaid the police in the North East have a special role to play, compared to the police in the rest of the country.
“The challenges are multiple because each of the States shares a border with another country and many of the inimical and criminal elements take advantage of cross-border and international linkages to escape the clutches of law,” he stated.
He suggested that the police from the North Eastern States must not only coordinate amongst themselves, but also develop a close liaison with the border guarding Central Armed Paramilitary Forces (CAPFs) like the Assam Rifles, BSF, ITBP and SSB.
Sangma was addressing 196 trainees from five North Eastern States who completed their training at the North Eastern Police Academy (NEPA) at Umiam. The Chief Minister stated that the NEPA can play an important role as a nodal training agency to design and conduct specialised training modules for the police of the North Eastern States as well as the CAPFs deployed in the North East borders so that these personnel can work seamlessly with better coordination.
With better coordination, Sangma said the security forces deployed in the region would be able to control crimes like narcotics and human trafficking more efficiently.
Meanwhile, Sangma stressed that his Government is ready to “walk the extra mile to talk peace”. However, he added that it would act “firmly and decisively” against inimical and mischievous elements indulging in violence.
“We are always willing to walk the extra mile to talk peace with those who are willing to engage with us within the framework of the Constitution. We are equally clear that we shall act firmly and decisively against inimical and mischievous elements that indulge in violence or work against the interests of our nation,” Sangma said.
Highlighting the strategic importance of the North Eastern region for the country, Sangma said improved infrastructure and development of the North Eastern States is extremely important. Development can only be “sustained and can flourish” in an environment of peace, he added. The Chief Minister urged the new recruits to ensure economic development by collecting intelligence on any issue that poses a threat to internal security.
This will help in resolving conflicts, maintaining law and order and instilling a feeling of security in the community, Sangma said. “A stable and secure State will allow the Government to focus its energies on developmental issues,” he told the gathering. (Courtesy: AT)