Meghalaya CM appeals to counterparts to fight terror unitedly

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Shillong, Nov 3 (UNI) Meghalaya Chief Minister Donkupar Roy today appealed to all his counterparts in northeastern states to jointly combat terror in the region.

''Concern for security should not be confined only to Assam: all the other states in the region must join hands and fight terror unitedly,'' Dr Roy told UNI here.

The chief minister was reacting to last week's serial blasts in Assam which claimed 81 lives and left more than 800 others injured.

He said the chief ministers of the North Eastern states would meet very soon to discuss the region's security scenario.

Informing that he had instructed the state police and the district administration to be extra-vigilant, Dr Roy said, not only illegal Bangladeshis but also outsiders, who come to Meghalaya without any proper identification proof, will be pushed back.

'' The state security is vital for the government and the people,'' he stated.

Yesterday, the Meghalaya police apprehended at least 200 people, suspected Bangladeshi nationals, from ''Bangladesh colony'' under Pynthorumkhrah constituency here.

The state police raided ''Bangladesh colony'' as a preventive measure following the recent serial blast in Assam.

Security agencies in Meghalaya have also identified eleven places vulnerable to terrorist attacks and stepped up vigilance.

Intelligence official here said the assessment of the 11 vulnerable places in Meghalaya was made with inputs from central intelligence agencies located in Shillong.

Of the eleven places, four are in Shillong and Garo Hills and the rest in Jaintia Hills district.

Meanwhile, East Khasi Hills District Superintendent of Police A R Mawthoh said the eviction drive against illegal Bangladeshis in Shillong will continue.

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