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Centre to provide chopper, arms to State security forces

•Govt considering Rs 700 crore proposal for modernization of police infrastructure  •Warjri demands deployment of additional forces in Garo Hills

Kong Roshan Warjri

 

New Delhi: Home Minister Roshan Warjri met Union Minister of State for Home, Kiren Rijiju, here on Wednesday and discussed the prevailing law and order situation in the State, particularly in the Garo Hill region and reiterated Meghalaya’s demand for additional central forces to contain the volatile situation.

Rijiju, who is already seized of the matter, assured Warjri that the Centre will do whatever possible to bring back normalcy in the State. He also informed that the agreement with the ANVC was in its final stages and would be signed soon, Home Ministry sources told reporters after the meeting.

The Centre has even agreed to provide a helicopter to provide logistic support to the security forces in the inaccessible areas of Garo Hills and also equip the forces with modern arms and ammunition to deal with militants, the sources revealed.

As a long-term measure the Union Government is considering a proposal provide about 700 crore rupees to Meghalaya to improve police infrastructure in the State. It is also actively considering raising two IRBN battalions in Meghalaya, the sources added.

Warjri was accompanied by top State police and civil officials for the meeting with the Union MoS.

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