Militancy, counter insurgency op takes lives of 30 in Garo Hills

Militancy, counter insurgency op takes lives of 30 in Garo Hills

SHILLONG: Militancy and counter-insurgency operations in violence-torn Garo Hills region has claimed the lives of nearly 30 people and injuring as many as 50 in western Meghalaya's Garo Hills region, Governor V Shanmuganathan said on Friday.

As many as 21 civilians and eight security men were killed besides injuring 46 people were injured in the past one year, he said adding that the counter insurgency operations carried out by security forces are 'effective' and are yielding positive results.

The Governor also revealed that the government has adopted a 'comprehensive strategy' to address the root cause of militancy and insurgent activities.He said the government has initiated peace settlements with interested (militant) groups who have entered dialogue with the government wherein these people will be entitled proper rehabilitation.

On the land exchange with Bangladesh, the Governor said the process of delineating the boundary on the ground is underway now. Following the Parliament ratification, the state stands to gain 241 acres while 41 acres will be transferred to Bangladesh.

Speaking on steps to check illegal infiltration, Shanmuganathan said 41 locations have been identified where facilitation centres will be set up to keep a watch on illegal infiltration.

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