Sunday, August 30, 2009

PC to review NC Hills situation

By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Aug 30: Asom Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi is leaving for New Delhi tomorrow with a team of State Home Department officials to take part in the September 1 meeting that was convened by Union Home Minister P Chidambaram to review the law-and-order situation in NC Hills and elsewhere in the State.

In the past two days, Gogoi held a meeting of the Unified Command structure at Dispur on NC Hills situation, and reviewed situation in the hill district at a meeting with top officials of the district, Army and the CRPF at Haflong. According to official sources, based on the two security review meetings Gogoi prepared a report so as to table it at his meeting with Chidambaram on September 1.

According to official sources, the review meeting that was convened by Chidambaram will discuss the ceasefire offer given by the DHD-J and the abysmally slow progress of works of the two national connectivity projects in NC Hills — the Lumding-Silchar BG project and the East-West Corridor project.

In a recent press meet in Guwahati, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi set four preconditions for the DHD-J for ceasefire with the Government. The preconditions are the outfit should deposit its arms, give up extortion drives, its leaders and cadres should stay in the designated camps to be constructed by the government and the top leaders of the outfit should take part in any peace talks with the government.

The DHD-J is yet to make its decision on the preconditions set by the Chief Minister public. THE SENTINEL

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