AGP raises influx-jehadi issues in PM's all-party meet

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Guwahati, Aug 7 (UNI) The AGP raised the issue of unabated infiltration from Bangladesh to North Eastern states and the rising threat of militancy posed by these elements, as evident from arrest of blasts suspects across the country, at the all-party meeting convened by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi yesterday.

Informing this at a press conference here today, Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) president Brindabon Goswami said,'' Though the meeting was called to discuss the situation in Jammu and Kashmir arising out of the Amarnath land row, I raised the infiltration problem facing NE.

The situation in NE is similar to the one in J &K but the problems here do not get the same focus,'' he said adding that though the matter was not discussed in the meeting, all participants expressed grave concern as infiltration was causing a serious threat to internal security.

Altogether 38 political parties attended the meeting, in which Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, BJP president Rajnath Singh, Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil and External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee, among others, were present.

Mr Goswami said those present expressed shock when he informed them about the latest Gauhati High Court judgement regarding the Pakistani national who had stood for Assembly polls in Assam.

The AGP chief underscored the need to immediately take concrete steps to stop infiltration as fundamentalist organisations were promoting a well planned influx to develop a broad network.

He urged the sealing of the entire Indo-Bangla border as any porous sector would facilitate infiltration.

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