Guwahati: The Assam government today claimed that stepped-up security measures have led to a fall in activities of fundamentalist forces in the state.

“The state government is aware that certain jihadi forces are at work trying to wean away some youths to join its rank and file, and there are also certain external and internal forces, including insurgent groups, trying to set up a strong base in Assam and the whole of North East to destabilise the country,” a statement issued by the state government here said.

“Law enforcing agencies with inputs from intelligence agencies had taken some strong measures or else anti-national activities of certain fundamentalists groups may have assumed alarming proportions in the state,” the statement added.

Prompt action by the law enforcing agencies led to the arrest of cadres belonging to Harkat-ul Mujahideen, Harkat- ul-Jihad-al-Islami and Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh with cache of arms and incriminating documents, it said.

Even a radical group, Muslim United Liberation Tigers of Assam, founded in the 1990s, has become a non-entity outfit due to stepped-up operations against it.

The state government has also asked the National Investigation Agency to probe specific cases of terrorist attacks so that the conspiracy angles are revealed.

It is the state government which initiated a host of measures during the tenure of the then UPA government at the Centre for strengthening the borders, erecting doubled barbed wire fencing, creation of BoPs, intensifying riverine patrolling, flood lighting and raising the number of foreigners’ tribunals to check infiltration.

The state government has also urged the NDA government at the Centre to take effective steps to seal the Indo-Bangla border to stop infiltration, the statement added.

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