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AR to have own intelligence unit and commando force
Correspondent SHILLONG, JUL 10:
Published on 10 Jul. 2009 11:18 PM IST
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The Assam Rifles, the oldest paramilitary force, has decided to raise a special crack force and a dedicated intelligence network to bolster its capabilities in counter-insurgency operations in the trouble-torn region, a Assam Rifles official said today. The strength of the special commando unit and a separate intelligence cell is likely to be a size of battalion. Last week, the Union Ministry of Home Affairs has approved the proposal of raising the two units. “Since the government has approved, our next step is now to work out the recruitment modalities,” an official said who wished not be named said He added that the government is yet to decide whether there would be a fresh recruitment for the two units or personnel will be drawn from the existing Assam Rifles units operating in the region. The intelligence unit is likely to be headed by a Colonel-rank official. He will report to the Director General of the Assam Rifles. The green signal for raising the two units within the Assam Rifles is significant following the government’s recent decision to strengthen its anti-terror apparatus. The Assam Rifles official said, the two units were proposed mainly to strengthen the intelligence set up within the Assam Rifles, while carrying out counter-insurgency (CI) operations. “All these years the Assam Rifles had to always depend on intelligence from other agencies for carrying out CI operations, but for CI operations time factor is very crucial as time gap often determines its outcome and chances of ‘intelligence leakage’ in the process,” he said. The Assam Rifles, in existence since 1835, depends on the Army for intelligence. Hence, there is an urgent need for a dedicated intelligence set up in the Assam Rifles. With its own intelligence network and a specialised commando force, the Assam Rifles would be able to carry out precision strike faster and quicker, the official observed. “The intelligence apparatus will facilitate the collection and collation of information for meaningful dissemination and speedy action,” the spokesman said. The Assam Rifles, which has 46 battalions spread over in Northeastern states and involved in internal security under the control of the army through the conduct of counter insurgency and border security operations along the Indo-Myanmar border.

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