Pillai also said that the Army’s role in counter-insurgency operations in the northeast could be condensed provided the State governments were eager to upgrade their police forces.
Pillai said that “Maoist threat is certainly emerging in the state. The strategy of Red rebels is to fish in troubled waters and exploit any grievances or even perceived grievances. This has to be tackled politically at the grassroots and should not be allowed to convert itself into an armed movement.”
The former home secretary suggested that Assam should learn from the experiences of Maoist-hit Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Odisha so that it can rush the threat in the bud.
However, Chief minister Tarun Gogoi said that he did not see any difference between Maoists and other armed groups in the region as all of them consider in violence to accomplish their goals.
Gogoi said that “I see no difference between armed groups in the region and Maoists. They are actually cousins because violence is the only method they use to fulfill their demands.” However, he radiates confidence in tackling the threat through economic and social justice.
Pillai said that the Centre had to interfere with a special Rs 240 Crore project for augmenting security equipment in Tirap and Changlang districts of Arunachal Pradesh, where NSCN (IM) and NSCN (K) were vying for primacy through extortion, kidnapping and killing. He added that law and order in Meghalaya showed weakening in last few years, while Tripura showed stability and improvement.