Rajnath in Assam, to address northeast CMs meet on Saturday

Guwahati, July 10 (IANS) Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh arrived here on Friday to address the chief ministers of the eight northeastern states on Saturday. He is likely to review the law and order situation in the region.

Rajnath Singh’s visit assumes significance as the region has been witnessing a volatile situation for several weeks with the NSCN-K ramping up its operations.

He was accompanied by Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju, Doner Minister Jitendra Singh and Union Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Sarbananda Sonowal.

A senior home department official here said that Saturday’s meeting was likely to discuss terrorism, management of international border, disaster management and is also expected to finalise strategies to deal with these issues.

The NSCN-K militants, who had abrogated the ceasefire with the central government on March 27, has intensified its operations in three states – Nagaland, Manipur and in Arunachal Pradesh.

On June 4, NSCN-K militants attacked an army convoy in Chandel district of Manipur, killing 18 soldiers.

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