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75-80 per cent insurgency in the North East has come to an end: Rajnath Singh

Barring a few, most insurgent outfits of the region are lying low following their signing of ceasefire agreements with the Centre, he said.

Published: 08th December 2017 03:07 PM  |   Last Updated: 09th December 2017 12:07 PM   |  A+A-

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh (File | PTI)

Express News Service

GUWAHATI: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday said insurgency-related problems in the Northeast were down by 75-80 per cent and the Centre was committed to fulfil the aspirations of the Nagas.

“I can tell you that 75-80 per cent of the problems of insurgency in the Northeast have come to an end,” Singh said at a programme of the Assam Rifles in Nagaland’s commercial hub Dimapur on Friday.

Barring a few, most insurgent outfits of the region are lying low following their signing of ceasefire agreements with the Centre. Singh lauded the Assam Rifles for effectively conducting counter-insurgency operations and guarding India’s porous 1,642-km long border with Myanmar.

He, however, cautioned them force to ensure that India’s bilateral ties with the neighbouring country is not hampered.

Attending the Hornbill Festival in Kohima the same day, Singh said the Centre was committed to do its best to fulfil aspirations of the Nagas. He, however, made no mention of the ongoing peace negotiations with Naga insurgent groups, particularly the Isak-Muivah faction of National Socialist Council of Nagaland.

Quoting Singh, Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh told reporters that the settlement of the Naga issue would not affect the territorial integrity of Nagaland, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.

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