Assam faces serious challenges of insurgency, left extremism: Gogoi

New Delhi, Aug 18 : Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi Tuesday said his state was faced with serious challenges of insurgency and left wing extremism but the government was ready to fight it by strengthening the police and security forces.

“Left wing extremism is growing in Assam. It is bound to flow into the state from Nepal and neighbouring states. Then there is also Bangladesh from where Pakistan’s ISI is pushing militants into the state,” Gogoi told reporters while pitching hard for central aid to “reform and strengthen the police”.

“We will fight these serious challenges. We need to strengthen our police. Get them sophisticated training and weaponry and latest technology,” Gogoi said after meeting United Progressive Alliance chairperson Sonia Gandhi here.

He said the state government was also committed to improve the intelligence network and wanted to create a separate cadre of intelligence officers.

Quoting a home ministry report, Gogoi said though there has been a decline in violence in the insurgency-hit state there was no room to feel complacent about it.