Guwahati: Voicing his support for amendments in the Centre's proposed National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC), Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Monday favoured an "active role" of the police in it.

"Some amendments are necessary and the police has to play a pro-active role in the entire set up", Gogoi told a press conference here.

Admitting that growing presence of Maoists was a cause for concern, the chief minister said a "special cell" of Assam police under the rank of IGP will be soon set up.
   
"Their (Maoists) presence is a cause for concern and we will set up a special cell of the police to deal with the rebels", he said.

"Special training is necessary for the police force to deal with the Maoists and for that matter even the banned ULFA", he said stressing that development was a must in the backward areas.

"They (Maoists) are taking advantage of under development and seek the sympathies of the poor villages. This trend should be changed and we have to bring in development in the villages", he said.

"I will pursue the Centre to take up a special training course for the Assam Police personnel because the Maoists problem which has started of late in the state should be nipped in the bud", Gogoi said.

Criticising BJP president Nitin Gadkari for his support of Hindu immigrants from Bangladesh, the chief minister said "We are prepared to accept them with constitutional safeguards".

"The opposition Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) is against the policy of accepting Hindi migrants but we will accept them as they were compelled to leave the country on religious grounds and with constitutional safeguards", he said.

Criticising the BJP leader's comments on Hindu refugees, Gogoi said he was shedding "crocodile tears" and not interested in solving the age old infiltration problem through Bangladesh.

"The then prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had supported the idea of issuing work permit for the Bangladeshi immigrants who come to the country as daily labourers. I am against this policy... no work permit will be issued for the immigrants", he said.

(Agencies)

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