Guwahati: Worried about the rising Maoist movement in Assam, CM Tarun Gogoi said that the central government should comprise the state in the framework of development and security schemes that represent the strategy against left-wing extremism.
Addressing the chief ministers’ conference on internal security, he requested to the central government for preventive action to frustrate left-wing insurgency by comprising Assam in the various schemes, including the Integrated Action Plan (IAP), to counter Maoist rebellion.
Gogoi said at the conference that “The Maoist movement is at a nascent stage but has the potential to grow into a major threat since links have already been established with affected states like Jharkhand and Odisha and there is a definite Maoist presence in Upper Assam district.”
Gogoi also points out that 21 Maoist cadres had been arrests in Assam thus far and several of them had admitted to having been trained by guerrillas in other states.
Gogoi said that “Apart from continuing deployment of central forces, my state government would need help in addressing issues that are critical to achieving the outcomes that we all desire.”
He also said that “Some of these include pre-emptive action to thwart the spread of the CPI-Maoist in the state by including Assam within the framework of existing GoI (government of India) development and security schemes, including Integrated Action Plan (IAP), that constitute counter-Maoist strategy.”
The chief minister also planned setting up in Assam a Regional Training Centre for Intelligence and Security catering to the seven north-eastern states.