Police chiefs from northeastern states to meet in Delhi

November 4th, 2008 - 7:08 pm ICT by IANS  

Shivraj PatilAgartala, Nov 4 (IANS) The directors-general of police of the northeastern states would meet in New Delhi Wednesday to discuss strategies to deal with security threats in the region where at least 81 people were killed in Assam bomb blasts and 18 people were killed in a bomb blast in Manipur, an official said here Tuesday. The meeting, called by the union home ministry, assumes significance in view of the last month’s serial blasts in Assam, Manipur’s capital Imphal and Tripura’s capital Agartala.

“The day-long meeting to be chaired by (Union Home Minister) Shivraj Patil would review the prevailing situation of the northeast region and formulate ways and means to tackle the rising security threat of the region,” an official told IANS.

Police chiefs and intelligence officials of the northeastern states and heads of central para-military forces would attend the meeting.

The official said: “The meeting is expected to chalk out fresh security strategies to effectively deal with the prevailing situation.”

“Strengthening of intelligence inputs and sharing them among the different states and central law enforcing agencies would also be discussed,” the official said, requesting not to be named.

Top police and security officials are worried over the coming together of the northeast militants and the Islamic terrorist outfits based in Bangladesh and other countries.

In Assam, at least 81 people were killed and over 300 wounded in serial blasts in Assam Oct 30.

At least 18 people were killed and 44 more hurt in a powerful bomb blast in Imphal Oct 21.

In Tripura, over 100 people were injured when powerful serial explosions took place in the Agartala Oct 1.

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