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Home Minister Chidambaram visits northeast India

A Correspondent
Aizawl, May 25, 2010: Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram has stressed on need of proper intelligence sharing and better coordination between police forces of different northeastern states. The Home Minister made the observation during his brief visit at Aizawl, capital of Mizoram state, Tuesday.

During meeting with Mizoram Chief Minister Pu Lal Thanhawla and his ministerial colleagues Chidambaram commented that Mizoram should make use of subsidiary multi-agency centre (SMAC) to coordinate on security and intelligence related matters between different states. The union government established highly equipped SMAC at Shillong.   

The Home Minister reviewed development and security related activities funded by his ministry for Mizoram including construction of barbed wire fencing along border with Bangladesh. He made a request to all implementing agencies to complete fence construction as early as possible and underscored need to dispel problems on distributing compensation to the people affected due to the work.  

Reacting on the request by the Mizoram government to sanction permission to import foreign weapons, P. Chidambaram told the state government to submit a list of arms required to the home ministry which would be made available to the state through central procurement system.  

Home Minister Chidambaram expressed satisfaction over process of repatriation of Mizoram Bru or Reang refugees who were displaced last year to their homes and made an appeal to thousands of old stranded evacuees to return home by October this year. “I appeal Mizos and Brus to live together in peace and harmony” he commented at the meeting before leaving for Guwahati.