Shillong: Assam topped the number of fatalities in 2008-09 as militancy and related incidents of violence continues to be high in the North Eastern states of Assam, Manipur and Nagaland.
Official sources quoting a Union home ministry report said the seven sister states recorded 674 militancy-related incidents in 2008, and the number has already shot up to 624 between January and May this year.
Assam has witnessed 221 incidents this year till May, compared to 207 in the entire 2008. Altogether 103 people, including 83 civilians have been killed this year till May in Assam.
In Manipur, the fatalities till May have been 47, which includes 40 civilians. The state has seen 311 incidents this year till May, as compared to 262 in 2008.
In Nagaland, which has witnessed 56 incidents this year till May, has saw two civilians been killed during the period.
Mizoram continues to be the least disturbed state in the region, recording no no militancy-related incident in 2008-09.
The Central government has deployed Central Security Forces to aid the state authorities for carrying out counter insurgency operations and providing security for vulnerable institutions and installations, the sources said.
Sharing of intelligence between security forces on continuous basis has been enhanced, while the Centre gave financial aid for strengthening the local police forces and intelligence agencies under the Police Modernization Scheme.
It also provided assistance for strengthening various aspects of the security apparatus and counter-insurgency operations by way of reimbursement of security-related expenditure, the source added.