Guwahati, Nov.9 : The Government of Assam has decided to recruit 4,000 more police personnel in all ranks to augment the strength of the force to over 65,000 within the year as part of a counter-terrorism plan.
Revealing this here, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said this augmentation of the police force was necessary as in the last eight years; the state had experienced 605 bomb blasts, each of which had caused considerable devastation to life and property. He also added that police and other security personnel had recovered or diffused over 5,000 bombs and grenades.
Suggesting that there were threats to Assam from terrorist groups in neighbouring Bangladesh and Myanmar, Gogoi said that these groups have local support, and therefore the magnitude of their terror strikes was understandable.
"All entry points in the North East and West Bengal along the borders with Bangladesh and Myanmar should be sealed to check cross-border movement of terrorists," Gogoi said on Saturday, adding that there was an urgent need for effective intelligence sharing between the police forces, security and intelligence agencies in the North East.
He also warned that there was a need for imposing curbs on religious fundamentalism, and added that his government would approach the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) in the near future to convince it to take steps to check terror.