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Centre mulls new operations

New Delhi, April 10: The Centre today decided to step up operations against militant groups in Assam and ensure security for key development projects.

Home secretary Madhukar Gupta and special secretary (internal security) Mahendra Kumawat met Assam chief secretary P.C. Sarma, director-general of police R.N. Mathur and other top police officials to discuss the outcome of suspension of operations with various outfits of the state.

Talks with the United People’s Democratic Solidarity, scheduled for today in the home ministry, has now been slated for tomorrow, a source said. Instead, the National Democratic Front of Bodoland formed the core topic of the meeting — the suspension of operations pact with the outfit expires on May 31.

The outfit has also been engaged in a fratricidal war with former members of the disbanded Bodo Liberation Tigers, whose leaders are now a part of the Tarun Gogoi government.

Mathur conceded that killings were far from over and said the government was looking for ways to reconcile the militant groups.

The meeting did not discuss Ulfa but concentrated on the Dima Halam Daoga (Nunisa) and Adivasi Cobra Force instead.

The militant threat to the Lumding-Badarpur gauge conversion project and the East West corridor project were discussed threadbare.

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