President's Rule is not Army Rule: Nagaland Governor

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Kohima, Jan 6: Nagaland Governor K Sankaranarayanan has pointed out that the current President's Rule in Nagaland was not ''Army Rule'' as the responsibility of running the administration, law and order was being shared between the Civil administration, police and the Governor.

Addressing a high level security meeting with the senior police and Para-military officers at the Police Headquarters here yesterday, the Governor reminded them that the state government should accord priority to the maintenance of law and order, official sources said here today.

Mr Sankaranarayanan asserted that the state police was well prepared to face the challenges and hoped that it would live up to the expectations of the people.

He said with the announcement for the Assembly elections to be expected soon, the state government would gear up the intelligence machinery so as to ensure maintenance of law and order.

He also spoke on the need for better coordination between the police, CRPF and Assam Rifles in the run up to the Assembly polls scheduled in February.

The Governor also asked the Director General of Police to issue orders to all senior police officers to be at their places of posting as well as personally supervise the investigations and take necessary action.

He warned that any laxity on the part of the administration would not be tolerated. He also stressed on the need for the police to maintain discipline at various check gates.

The Governor lauded the efforts of the civil societies, NGOs and the Gaon Burahs (GBs) and Dobhashis (DBs) Forum in calling for a stop to factional clashes. He said the process should be strengthened to prevent bloodshed.

Mr Sankaranarayanan also assured the people that during the President's Rule, his government would ensure that the citizens felt safe and secure and no act of violence occurred and called upon the security officials to be on high alert for prompt action.

UNI

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