Arunachal Pradesh home minister Bamang Felix at the police headquarters in Itanagar for his first review meeting on Thursday Credit: Eastmojo image

Itanagar: The Arunachal Pradesh government has not heard anything about underground elements collecting a percentage of salary from the government employees of Tirap, Changlang and Longding (TLC) area, said the newly inducted home minister Bamang Felix in a press briefing at the police headquarters in Itanagar on Thursday.

The chief minister has announced to provide bullet-proof cars and extra security personnel to legislators travelling through TLC region, informed Felix. The state department of home has a different way of functioning, he added.

However, the home minister couldn’t provide a clear picture about retaining peace and security of the denizens residing in Tirap, Changlang and Longding area.

Meanwhile, DGP S B K Singh said that along with several security measures, the home department has requested the army for additional force. Accordingly, the Army has already deployed extra units to intensify the security process and dominate the area. “We have also requested the army to seal the Arunachal-Nagaland border and the international border with Myanmar,” Singh said.

Moreover, in order to saturate the vicinity with force, the state government is in the process of creating a new force to deal with insurgency issues in Tirap, Changlang and Longding area, said Singh.

Police officers at the police headquarters in Itanagar on Thursday

The government of India has sanctioned funds to establish 11 police stations in TLC area and the tender has already been floated, Singh added.

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The government of India has already declared Tirap, Changlang and Longding region as a “disturbed area” due to which the AFSPA is effective in most of the region. In an order on April 2, the ministry of home affairs had announced the partial withdrawal of AFSPA from the frontier state 32 years after it was imposed.

Recently on May 21, National People’s Party (NPP) legislator Tirong Aboh along with 10 others were assassinated in Tirap district. Three NPP workers were attacked in Tirap district earlier too. Suspected National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-IM) operatives had allegedly attacked Aboh’s supporter Jaley Anna and Khamney Aboh at Kheti village on March 29. Jaley was beaten to death while Khamney is still recuperating in a hospital.

Some of the banned insurgent groups in Arunachal Pradesh include National Socialist Council of Nagaland – Khaplang (NSCN-K), United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA) and National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB).

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