Jehadis active in Assam: CM

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Guwahati, Oct 1 (UNI) The threat from Islamic fundamentalist militants groups is on the rise in Assam with a number of jehadis outfits active in the state, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said here today.

''Assam, as the entire country, is facing a growing threat from fundamentalist militant groups. Jehadis backed by groups as ISI and HUJI have penetrated into the country and our state has also not been spared,'' he said.

With jehadi threat increasing alongside 'home-grown' terrorism, Mr Gogoi stressed on a greater role of the police force at a function to mark the Assam Police Day here.

He urged the police force to play a vital role in combating insurgency and assured of all the assistance needed.

Director General of Assam Police R N Mathur said jehadis had become a threat in the state maintaining that all security forces had been engaged in counter-insurgency operations with the fullest capabilities.

Referring to the killing of seven HUJI militants in Dhubri last week, the DGP said the investigation to track there activities and partners in the state was on in right direction.

He also informed that a special task force was being raised by the Assam Police for counter-insurgency, with 50 more police stations and outposts to be set up, besides 19 river police stations.

Mr Mathur said bullet-proof vehicles were also being provided to field functionaries engaged in counter-insurgency.

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