SHILLONG, July 10: The Governors and Chief Ministers of the North East states have seconded the suggestion of Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal of all these states coming together to effectively meet the challenges of radical forces in the region.
Sonowal had said on Monday that radical forces have spread their bases in the Northeast and sought inter-state and international cooperation to overcome the security challenge.
He had said that the militants operating in one state find shelter in another and cross over to neighbouring countries and there is also expansion of radical forces in the region.
Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma meanwhile said that security concerns are not linked to any particular organisation and all the northeastern states need to work together when it comes to sharing information and inputs. In this regard, he said that the North Eastern Council is the right platform for this.
Manipur Governor, Najma Heptulla felt that it is very important for the notheastern states to work together as the region has a porous border through which not just arms, ammunition and drugs come in but also sees the entry of people from other countries with different ideologies as well. This, she said, should be opposed. She further said that if there is any such movement detected, she will ask her Chief Minister to oppose it and take care of it.
The Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh had stated on Monday that as compared to the 90s, insurgency related incidents have come down by 85 per cent and that there is a 96 percent reduction in civilian and security forces casualties.