Violence in NE significantly down: Rijiju

Violence in NE significantly down: Rijiju
Courtesy: Nagaland Page
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NEW DELHI, JANUARY 16: Violence in North Eastern States has come down drastically due to sustained efforts of development by the Government, said Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiran Rijiju here on Tuesday.
“I am happy that the number of incidents of violence has drastically come down and peace is prevailing in most of north eastern states. It’s one of biggest achievement of this government. This shows PM’s focused attention on development of NE is paying dividends,” Rijiju told reporters.
The MoS Home comment came against the backdrop of data released by the Ministry of Home Affairs that North Eastern states have seen an 85% drop in violent activities in the last 17 years.
The MHA data shows that while approximately 2,000 incidents of violence were recorded in the year 2000, the figure is only 308 in 2017.
Apart from that, about 60% of that fall was achieved in the last five years. In 2013, 732 violent incidents were recorded.MHA officials said that the year 2017 is one of the most peaceful the region has seen since 1997 when violence peaked.
Rijiju credited the drop to successful political engagement with insurgent groups as well as success achieve by security forces. “This has happened because the government is engaging various groups politically and the coordinated efforts of security forces along with state governmentare yielding results”, he said.
Reduction in violence has meant that North Eastern states are now recording lesser number of civilian casualties as well as death of security force personnel.
Civilian casualties also dropped significantly, from 107 in 2013 to 37 in 2017. With 67% drop in kidnapping cases last year, the law and order situation has also improved in these states.
Number of extremists killed have also come down from 138 in 2013 to 57 in 2017. Tripura and Mizoram have proved to be the most peaceful states with no insurgency related incident reported there. Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya and Mizoram also saw least number of deaths of security
force personnel.
The figures were discussed at a high level meeting called by Union Home Minister RajnathSingh which was attended by Rijiju, Home Secretary Rajiv Guaba, senior MHA officials as well as some interlocutors of militant groups. After the meeting MoS Home Rijiju said the Rohingya question was also discussed. “As far as our assessment is concerned, no Rohingya has come to India post 2014,” he said.
The meeting also expressed satisfaction with the situation in Assam post the National Register of Citizens
coming out. (Agencies)