High-level security review meeting in Northeast deferred

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Shillong, Jan 16 (UNI) The high-level security review meeting of Home Secretaries from northeastern states, scheduled to begin today in Nagaland, has been deferred owing to poor response from state governments.

Home Ministry officials said the meeting has been deferred after the state governments of the region took time in responding to the Ministry's proposal.

Apart from Home Secretaries, senior state police officials, and security agencies from the region were scheduled to participate in the meeting.

''We received no response from some of the states regarding the proposed meeting. So it had to be deferred for a later date. The dates would be announced soon,'' a senior Home Ministry official said, over phone from New Delhi.

The first of its kind meeting was scheduled at Chumukedima Police Training Center, in Dimapur, Nagaland today. The Union Home Joint Secretary, in-charge Northeast, Navin Verma, was scheduled to chair the proposed meeting.

The meeting was called to assess the volatile security scenario of the region, especially Manipur and Assam.

Modalities to chalk out coordination plan to counter inter-state insurgency, after detailed evaluation of the security scenario, were proposed to be some of the highlights of the meeting's agenda.

''We are waiting for response from the state governments and the meeting would be held as soon as we receive the communication,'' the Home Ministry official said.

The meeting would be held annually at different venues of the region on a rotation basis.

The proposed meeting assumes significance with imposition of President's Rule and factionalism within NSCN (IM) and also with three of the states in the region -- Nagaland, Meghalaya and Tripura -- going for polls in February and March.

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