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Centre reviews Assam land order situation

The Centre is reviewing Assam’s law and order situation at a series of meeting in New Delhi which began on Thursday. The state’s top ranked civil and police officials including Assam Chief Secretary P.C. Sharma and state Director General of Police R.N. Mathur are hunkering down with the home ministry officials in Delhi to apprising the Centre of the state’s latest law and order situation specially in the BTAD areas and the hills districts. The meeting was attended by Union home secretary Madhukar along with high level officials reviewed the operations against rebel groups and the status of infrastructure projects in the state. Next round of meeting is schedule on Friday.

According to information, the review was a follow-up to the visit of Cabinet Secretary K.M. Chandrasekhar in February. Also, the meeting took stock of the implementation of the suspension of operations arrangements with various groups, particularly the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB).

The central government has again extended the suspension of operations arrangement with the NDFB - formed in 1986 for securing a 'sovereign Bodoland' in the areas north of the river Brahmaputra - for a period of six months up to May 31, 2009. The meeting discussed the movement of NDFB cadres in the designated camps and some ground rules.

The situation in the North Cachar and Karbi Anglong districts also came up in the meeting in view of the rebel operations posing threat to the infrastructure projects which include the railway gauge conversion (Lumding-Badarpur) project and the National Highway Authority of India's (NHAI) east-west corridor project in the North Cachar Hills.
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