Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Wednesday called for freeing the North Eastern region of the country from corruption, terrorism and foreign intruders to maintain peace. “We should free the NE region from corruption, terrorism and foreign intruders,” he said at the 42nd passing out parade at North East Police Academy (NEPA) in Umsaw, Meghalaya. “We have to maintain peace and for that we have to fight against terror and it will be your (police) responsibility to ensure terrorism are thwarted despite terrorists becoming more sophisticated,” he said.
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Altogether 98 trainees including 86 in the rank of Deputy SPs, 11 Sub-Inspectors and 1 Assistant Sub Inspector were part of the officers who graduated from the academy after several months of intense training. Of these, 58 are from Assam, 1 – Meghalaya, 15 – Arunachal Pradesh, 5 – Mizoram, 1 – Sikkim, 9 – Tripura, 7 – Nagaland and 2 – Manipur. As he congratulated the graduating officers, Sonowal reiterated the need to fight against terrorism, which he said is the biggest challenge, to ensure citizens live in peace and without fear.
There is a need to create an environment of security among all citizens which will also ensure that women and children are protected from all forms of violence, the chief minister said. Sonowal’s statement on foreign intruders assumes significance in wake of allegation of illegal tresspassers or intruders into the region. There were several such cases which came to light after BSF from time to time apprehend such people. Also stating that police have to bridge the gap and work together to establish friendship among the states of Northeast, he said “This should be done for the better development of humanity.”