Silchar: BJP MP Rajdeep Roy urged the Union home ministry to set up an intelligence bureau office in south Assam’s Barak Valley.

At a news conference in Silchar on Saturday evening, Rajdeep Roy said he placed a proposal in Parliament recently for the setting up an intelligence bureau office in Barak Valley under the supervision of an IPS officer and drew the attention of the Union home ministry. “Barak Valley has international borders (with Bangladesh), and crimes like illegal drug sale and human trafficking have increased here over the years. Setting up an IB office will help in reducing crimes,” he claimed.

On being asked if he placed the proposal because of the recent arrests of a couple of Maoist leaders from Barak Valley, the MP said it was one of the reasons. “This (arrests of Maoist leaders) is one of the reasons behind the proposal to set up an IB office here. Besides, there has been an upsurge of various crimes and these can be prevented if an IB office is opened here,” he said.

Two Maoist leaders, including a senior member Arun Kumar Bhattacharjee alias Kanchan da and his close associate Akash Urang were arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) from the Patimara tea estate in Cachar district’s Udharbond assembly constituency on March 6.

On April 3, the NIA detained a married couple from their house in Sonakhira, Patharkandi in Karimganj district on the suspicion that the couple has Maoist links. The couple – Raju Urang and his wife Pinky Urang – was released after interrogation. A laptop, six pencils, newspaper cuttings, a map, two mobile phones and some other items were seized from the couple’s house. On April 4, another man Manoj Urang was summoned to Udharbond police station and quizzed by the NIA on his suspected Maoist links. Manoj, who hails from Sukhacherra village in Udharbond, was released after grilling, however, his mobile phone was seized by the NIA sleuths.

During the press conference on Saturday, MP Rajdeep Roy also spoke about various projects, including the East-West corridor (Mahasadak), multi-modal logistics park (MMLP) and greenfield airport. He said the construction work of the Balacherra-Harangajao stretch is going on at a good pace and Rs 1,674 crore has been approved by the Centre for the construction of the portion from Harangajao to Nirimbanglo via Jatinga. Hopefully, the route from Silchar to Guwahati will be perfectly ready for vehicular movement within the next two years, he said.

The East-West corridor project to connect Silchar with Gujarat’s Saurashtra (via road) was announced by Vajpayee on October 10, 1998. Its foundation stone was laid by the then minister for surface transport B.C. Khanduri and Union finance minister Jaswant Singh in 2004. The 3,300 km Silchar-Saurashtra road was supposed to be completed by 2007.

About the MMLP project in Cachar, Rajdeep said the site for setting up the logistics park has been identified in Salchapra. Some issues are there regarding the finalisation of the location, but hopefully, those will be resolved very soon, he said. He claimed the materialisation of the MMLP project would open ways for trade and commerce and usher in a new era of progress and development in Barak Valley.

About the government’s decision of setting up a greenfield airport in Cachar’s Dolu tea estate, the MP said the site has been finalised and an agreement has also been signed regarding this project. However, a section of evil elements with the help of opposition parties is conspiring and making efforts so that the project is not materialised, he said.

He said some unscrupulous elements are “brainwashing” the tea estate’s workers and trying to create obstacles using them in the path of implementation of the project. The MP, however, said he is confident that the “wicked attempts” would not be successful and that the project would certainly be materialised.

BJP members, including the president of BJP, Cachar district committee Bimalendu Roy and general secretaries Abhrajit Chakraborty and Shashanka Chandra Paul were also present at the news conference.

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