Arunachal Guv talks to Army about Tirap situation

Itanagar, Jan 29 (PTI) Arunachal Pradesh Governor J JSingh today said he has talked to army authorities to worktowards in improving the ground situation in Tirap district,rocked by the ongoing turf war between cadre of two NSCNfactions.

He has spoken to the General Officer Commanding (GOC)of 4 Corps, Lt General Gyan Bhushan and Army Commander,Eastern Command, Lt. General V K Singh with reference toimproving the ground situation and instill a sense of securityin the minds of people, the former army chief told PTI here.

"There cannot be any compromise with the security andsafety of the people," Singh said referring to reports aboutinsurgents roaming freely in Tirap district.

The infighting is going on for the last one month,apparently for area dominance in the wake of Eastern NagalandPeople�s Organization (ENPO) having called for a separatestate comprising four districts of Nagaland besides Tirap andChanglang of Arunachal Pradesh.

Gen Singh, an advocate of "iron fists for insurgentsand velvet gloves for civilians" principle, earlier expressedconcern over the prevailing situation in his Republic Dayaddress.

He had said people of the district were living in fearpsychosis with headquarters Khonsa witnessing intermittentgun-battles having claimed two lives.

However, forces are patrolling and the situation isunder control, Superintendent of Police Vikramjit Singh said.

In all the 36th battalion of CRPF, 19 Assam Rifles and14 Rajput Regiment of Army besides the state police aredeployed in the district, declared disturbed since September17, 1991 under the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act. PTI UPLSUS


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