GUWAHATI, Oct 21 - Union Minister of State for Home Affairs G Kishan Reddy today said the Centre will continue with its policy of zero-tolerance against terrorism.
Reddy was speaking at the Police Commemoration Day organised by Assam Police here today where he asserted that Indian forces have been capable of thwarting all threats to the country’s internal security and there have been reduced casualties of police personnel and civilians.
Addressing the gathering during the Smriti Parade, Reddy said the entire country salutes the police forces, their families and remembers with pride those brave police personnel martyred in the line of duty this day on Police Commemoration Day.
“Assam Police personnel have sacrificed their lives in the battle against militants and insurgents, maintenance of law and order, tackling crime, ensuring security in the border areas apart from helping the needy in times of floods and other natural disasters,” he said. Since 1964, a total of 879 Assam Police personnel have laid down their lives for maintenance of law and order, he added.
Acknowledging the exemplary service rendered by Assam Police, the minister said that in the several decades of fighting insurgency and militancy, the force has displayed great professional qualities, courage and valour.
Speaking to the media later, the minister appealed to all the remaining militants or insurgent groups of the Northeast to lay down their arms and join the mainstream where they can also contribute to the nation’s progress.
Earlier, Reddy was briefed about the prevailing security scenario in the region during a meeting at the BSF’s frontier headquarters at Patgaon.