Tackling militancy ahead of Polls top priority: Meghalaya’s new DGP

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in November 2012

Staff Reporter
SHILLONG, Nov 30: With elections close to the heel, newly appointed state Director General of Police Kulbir Kishan fray said that police’s top priority will be in dealing and tackling the law and order problem including ‘insurgency’  to ensure the upcoming election free from any interruption.
Kulbir Kishan, a 1976 batch Assam-Meghalaya IPS officer Friday assumed office after taking over charge from outgoing officiating DGP Rajiv Mehta after former DGP N Ramachandran retirement last month.

“We will be prioritized in dealing with militancy and law and order problems ahead of the Assembly polls besides dealing with rising crimes against women as major challenges,” Kishan told reporters here.
According to him, militancy problems have been major challenges for the State police besides crimes against women and children.
“With all these challenges we have a task cut out for us,” he added.
Acknowledging that the government has a lot of expectation especially ahead of the poll which is due within four months, an optimistic Kishan said, “We will produce results.”
Expressing concern on the militant activities in the five western Garo Hills district of the state, Kishan warned that militants should not interfere in the electioneering process even as he said there are different ways to solve problems in a democratic country.
 “We cannot solve our differences with a gun. So they should eschew violence and come for talks or whatever… we have to ensure that the sanctity of the electoral process is maintained,” he said.
The new police chief said he is touring Garo Hills in the coming weeks to see if “re-calibration of strategies” is required.
Lauding the police force in the state as an “outstanding lot”, Kishan said the force is second to none anywhere.
“They have faced the challenges in the past and came out successfully and I am sure if we work together with hearts, brains and muscles, we will welcome all the challenges,” he said.


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