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Action plan to combat militants

Shillong, June 25: The Meghalaya government today announced that a “comprehensive action plan” has been chalked out to deal with militant and terrorist organisations in the state.

“A comprehensive action plan utilising all the resources under the state’s command has already been chalked out by the state government to effectively deal with the problems of militant and terrorist organisations in the state and bring in peace,” a communiqué from the government stated.

At the same time, the communiqué clarified that chief minister Mukul Sangma had never indicated to the media that the government intends to declare any part of the Garo hills region as a “disturbed area”.

Sangma had only responded to a specific query during a media briefing that the government keeps “all the options available open” while dealing with militant and insurgent activities and restoring sustainable peace, the communiqué added.

NPP meets minister

National People’s Party (NPP) leaders, including legislator James P.K. Sangma, former ministers Conrad K. Sangma and Manirul Islam Sarkar met Union minority affairs minister Najma Heptulla in New Delhi today.

According to Conrad, Heptulla was briefed about the law and order situation in the state, especially in the Garo hills region.

Conrad said specific mention was about how small, medium and big businessmen had been suffering in the past few years. In the meeting, it was mentioned that many businessmen and traders belonging to the indigenous and non-indigenous communities had been receiving extortion notes and many had been kidnapped.

This had immensely affected the economic environment in the region and many people had been affected, the NPP reportedly told the Union minister.

In turn, Heptulla assured the NPP delegation that the Northeast would be given special focus by the Narendra Modi government.