Assam violence: Army Chief Dalbir Suhag to oversee preparation in state

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New Delhi, Dec 27: Indian Army Chief Dalbir Singh Suhag left for Assam on Saturday to oversee the forces' preparations against the NDFB militants in the state. A deadly attack was carried out by militants against the tribals, leaving over 80 people dead.

General Suhag is likely to preside over a meeting of unified command at Rangiya in Assam after being briefed by the security agencies. Suhag vowed to intensify operations against the Bodi militants on Friday after speaking to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh who visited the violence-hit state after the slaughtering.


The army chief said his talks with Singh stressed the security situation in Assam. Suhag added that 66 army columns comprising 70 personnel each were deployed in Assam for the counter-insurgency operations. The GoC of the 4 Corps heads the Unified Command in the counter-insurgency operations. The GoC of the 4 Corps is located in Sonitpur district, badly hit by the violence.

Sources said Singh told Suhag to increase the army's presence in Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Meghalaya where the NDFB has a significant presence and also sought cooperation with the Bhutanese and Myanmarese armies against the outfit which has bases in these two countries. [Myanmar most crucial for India's war on terror]

Both Bhutan and Myanmar have assured India of flushing out the militants from their soil.

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