Top security officials of the country have sought feedback from Northeast states on safety implications of the land border crossing agreement with Myanmar.
There is wariness that Rohingya’s refugees could take advantage by crossing over to this side of 1600 km long fence.
At the Intelligence Bureau’s annual conference of DGPs and IGPs held at the BSF Academy at Tekanpur in Madhya Pradesh on January 10, the issue of safety implications was discussed. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union home minister Rajnath Singh, NSA Ajit Doval and heads of other paramilitary and intelligence organization were present.
Paramilitary force Assam Rifles have been instructed to heighten its vigil along the porous border, some of the bordering states, including Mizoram, have sought a more effective mechanism to allay Rohingya infiltration fears.
A long pending proposal of replacing Assam Rifles with another Central Force for manning Myanmar border has been with the Union Ministry of Home Affairs for sometime now. Myanmar’s Chin state detaches Mizoram from Rakhine – the home of Rohingyas.
A top police officer based in Northeast said, security scenario ahead of assembly elections in Meghalaya, Tripura and Nagaland, and National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam also came up for assessment at the meeting of the officials.
The centre was made aware that peace could be held ransom to by vested interests, who are demanding a ‘solution’ to the complex Naga problem, around the time of Assembly Elections in Nagaland. The Narendra Modi Government had signed a ‘framework agreement’ with the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Isak-Muivah) in 2015.
The centre is however satisfied with Assam Government’s handling of release of first draft of the NRC without precipitating much law and order situation in the state.
Source: The Economic Times