Itanagar: Making it clear that there would be no compromise with Maoists trying to destabilise peace in the north east, Home Minister P Chidambaram on Saturday said state governments of the region have been asked to deal with the ultras with a firm hand.

He said the Centre was alive to the situation created by such groups in the region and was taking concrete steps to curb them.

"There will be no compromise with the Maoists trying to destabilise peace in the region and police have been instructed to take stern action," Chidambaram told a press conference here this afternoon.

There was minimal presence of Maoists in the region, he noted and appreciated the steps taken by Assam and Arunachal Pradesh governments to deal with them.

"There is no reason to allow such elements (Maoists) to settle in the region and create disturbances," he said and appealed to the people not to encourage the Maoists.

Chidambaram, accompanied by Union Minister of State for Home Jitendra Singh, arrived here this morning on a day-long visit to Arunachal Pradesh and convened a high-level security meeting to review its security situation.

Referring to Arunachal Pradesh, he said, "I am satisfied with the security system of the state but much more needs to be done. Efforts will continue as per plan."


Meawhile, Chidambaram said a central package was in the offing for modernising police forces to tackle insurgency in Arunachal Pradesh's Tirap and Changlang districts, bordering Nagaland and Myanmar.

"A special central package is in the offing for modernising police forces in Tirap and Changlang. The Union Home Ministry has already sanctioned setting up of more police stations and recruitment of police," he said.

"Besides, CRPF were being inducted to counter insurgent activities," he said after attending a review meeting on security situation of the state.

The Arunachal Pradesh government has already started the process of recruitment for 1,526 police personnel for both the districts and their training process would start from July 2.

"Of the total sanctioned strength, 400 policemen will be promoted from the existing force, while the rest will be recruited. The state government is undertaking the recruitment process in phased manner," he said.

When his attention was drawn to the reported turf war between NSCN(IM) and NSCN(K) in both the districts, Chidambaram said the ceasefire agreement with the Naga outfit did not extend to Arunachal Pradesh and the state government could take stern action against the cadres of both the factions.

"They (NSCN factions) are fighting among themselves to eliminate both...If they try to make people suffer due to their infighting, our forces will take firm action," he said.


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