Centre sensitised to UG threats in polls
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, December 22: The State Government is all set to urge the Centre to take up positive measures to rein in the activists of the underground groups with whom the Central Government is currently observing ceasefire agreements.

According to a highly placed source, the State Government as pre-emptive steps for disruption-free polling during the State Assembly election slated for February next, would apprise the Central authorities to ensure cadres of the NSCN and Kuki armed groups stay in their respective designated camps/zones.

detailing proposals to be placed before the Centre, the source said Central authorities would be urged to instruct the Ceasefire Monitoring Cell officials and the Army authorities to maintain strict vigil so as to ensure that both the NSCN groups and activists of Kuki armed outfits do not move out from their designated camps before and during the said polls.

official procedures have been made to submit the State Government's proposals when a Central team comprising of the Union Home Secretary VK Duggal, Director of Intelligence Bureau, Director General of the Assam rifles and defence Ministry representatives arrive here on January 3 next to assess the prevailing security scenario, added the source.

Citing intelligence inputs that some UG groups are likely to interfere in the polling process, the source further confided that during the high level delegates' visit to Imphal, State officials would also urge the Home Secretary for deployment of Central para-military forces at highly sensitive polling stations located both in the valley and hill districts.

Moreover, impact and consequences of the ongoing military operation in Khengjoi area, said to be launched to flush out UG cadres prior to conduct of the poll, as well as prevailing law and order situation would be assessed during the Central team's arrival, said the source while adding that formalities regarding joint operation against NE militant groups holed out in Myanmar would figure in the meeting too.

Meanwhile, Army authorities reportedly conveyed to the State Govt to re-invigorate civil administration in Khengjoi area by reopening offices and police stations even as the security forces are committed to continue the flush-out operations.