"The Central government has taken the matter seriously and that is the reason I am here today. I was planning to come to Guwahati after the Parliament session but due to the incident in Karbi Anglong, I have advanced my visit," said Rijiju, while interacting with mediapersons at the Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport. JPN/Agencies
"I want to talk to the state government and find out what steps should be taken to stop such incidents," he said.
"I am going to have a meeting with the state government and the security agencies operating in the state today and find out a workable solution and strategies to secure peace in Assam," he said.
Rijiju also assured of the Central government's readiness to assist the state government.
"I am from the North-East and I know the situation in the region. Now, since I am in the Home Ministry it is good for the state governments in the North-East to pursue any matter," he said.
The Minister of State for Home visited the state following a directive of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who reviewed the security situation in the insurgency-hit northeastern state.
"I have asked MoS Home Kiren Rijiju and JS (Joint Secretary), MHA to visit Karbi Anglong in Assam," Singh had tweeted on Friday.
Rijiju along with a host of senior government officials and police personnel paid last respects this morning to Superintendent of Police Nitya Nand Goswami, who was killed in the encounter with militants of Karbi Peoples' Liberation Tigers (KPLT) in Karbi Anglong district of central Assam on Thursday.
Goswami of Hamren police district was leading an operation against the insurgent outfit in remote Rongthang forest area where the men in uniform came face-to-face with a large group of the ultras who opened fire on them on Thursday night.
KPLT mostly operates in Karbi Anglong district. Despite having very few members as its cadre, KPLT has been unleashing a reign of terror and was involved in at least 50 violent incidents in the last three months, officials said.
Army, central forces deployed in Karbi Anglong district
Additional personnel from the Indian Army and central forces were deployed in Karbi Anglong district to assist the Assam police.
The Indian Army and the central forces would assist in nabbing the extremists, a Home Department statement said, while the Union Home Ministry requested for deployment of additional five units of CRPF COBRA force for intensified combing operations.
Chief minister Tarun Gogoi also reviewed the law and order situation with Chief Secretary Jitesh Khosla, senior civil and police officials and decided to immediately send Additional Director General of Police (Law and order) A P Rout and ADGP (Special Task Force) to Hamren.
The two ADGPs will take stock of the situation there to launch combing operations against the extremist group, the statement said.
Assam Director General of Police Khagen Sarma visited Hamren during the day to take stock of the situation and directed that coordinated action be taken against the extremists.
Meanwhile, the government appointed Assam Police Training College, Dergaon, Commandant Debojit Deori as the new SP, Hamren, it said.
"The Central government has taken the matter seriously and that is the reason I am here today. I was planning to come to Guwahati after the Parliament session but due to the incident in Karbi Anglong, I have advanced my visit," said Rijiju, while interacting with mediapersons at the Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport.