Security situation in Manipur

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Shillong, May 29 (UNI) Director General of Assam Rifles Lt General Paramjit Singh today described the security situation in Manipur as ''very complicated'', while ''uneasy calm '' prevailed in Nagaland.

Lt Gen Singh, who hangs up his uniform on May 31, said though the security scenario of the region showed relative improvement, but the situation in Manipur and Nagaland remains problematic, and '' the situation in these two states is to be watched.'' '' Though, Arunachal Pradesh is relatively peaceful, we still need to take stock of the situation along the frontiers,'' he said.

The Assam Rifles Chief's, whose force is fully involved in maintaining peace in the region, remarks assumed significance in the backdrop of the recent factional clashes in Nagaland.

The Assam Rifles, apart from its counter-insurgency operations, is deployed for manning the Indo-Myanmar border that runs along Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur and Mizoram.

Lt General Singh said, Assam Rifles, the oldest paramilitary force of the nation, is now equipped with state-of-the art weaponry, surveillance and communication systems in order to enhance its capability in combating the insurgency.

'' We still need more modern equipment not only to fight well armed insurgents, but also to protect our own frontiers,'' he observed.

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