North-East on alert over possible jihadi activities

The MHA has asked the eight North-East states to remain on maximum alert to tackle any threat of jihadi actions, specially in Assam

North-East on alert over possible jihadi activities

The Centre on Monday reportedly alerted the administration to maintain a maximum vigil to deal with any threat of jihadi activities in the eight North-East states, a top official of Tripura government's home department, said.

"The MHA (Ministry of Home Affairs) has requested all the eight North-East states to remain on maximum alert to tackle any threat of jihadi actions, specially in Assam," the official said quoting an advisory of the Union Home Ministry.

The official, on the condition of anonymity, said the MHA also alerted the all central and state intelligence agencies to keep a close watch on the situation specially along the international borders.

Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju said in Guwahati that threat of fundamentalists to the NE is not new.

"Vulnerability of threat is very high as around 98 per cent of northeast region is associated with the international borders," Rijiju told reporters in Guwahati.

Only 250 km out of the NE's 5,687 km outer perimeter touches India. The remaining 5437 km represents international boundaries with China (1,300), Myanmar (1,643 km), Bangladesh (1,880 km), Bhutan (516 km) and Nepal (98 km).

The minister said, "IS (Islamic State) is also trying to influence the region. The Centre is taking all steps to thwart any threat."

"My ministry has asked all the state governments in northeast specially Assam government beef up security in these states following the recent terror attack in Dhaka," he added.

Tripura Director General of Police K. Nagaraj said the state government has asked the BSF (Border Security Force) to maintain maximum alert along the border in view of the terror attack in Dhaka.

"Though there is no specific report of any hostile development, CPMF deployed in the state, and Tripura Police and Tripura State Rifles are keeping a close watch on the prevailing situation," Nagaraj said.

The police chief said that we are giving special attention on the bordering districts and sensitive and mixed populated areas of Tripura.

Brigadier General Mohammad Habibul Karim, Chittagong sector Regional Director of Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB), said that they would share terror information with the Border Security Force (BSF).

Karim, who is leading a 20-member Bangladesh delegation at a four day border coordination meeting begun here on Sunday, told reporters that terror activities could not be curbed by a single security force or a single country, this has to be dealt with joint efforts.

A four-day long Inspector General (IG) level meeting between the BSF and BGB began here on Sunday to discuss and resolve border issues between the two neighbouring countries.

BSF's Tripura, Meghalaya and Mizoram frontiers officials and and officials concerned of the three bordering states have attended the meeting.

Indian delegation is led by BSF's Meghalaya frontier IG P.K.Dubey his Tripura frontier counterpart J.B.Sangwan.