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AR to have ‘Red Commandos’ unit
Correspondent IMPHAL, NOV 21:
Published on 21 Nov. 2009 11:31 PM IST
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Assam Rifles countering insurgency in the north eastern states of the country will also have its own commando unit called “Red Commandos”. The unit is coming up soon, said Major General AK Choudhary, Inspector General of Assam Rifles (South) Saturday. “It is true that we are also having our own commando unit soon. The proposed unit will be utilized in special operations to counter terrorist action,” the outgoing inspector general said during as interaction with media-persons at IGAR (South), Mantripukhri, Imphal. He is leaving IGAR(S) in the next few days. In reply to a question by the media persons, Choudhary further said the dedicated unit will not be utilized in normal counter insurgency operations which are being carried out in Manipur and other north eastern states with police forces of the state. Speaking on the Assam Rifles role in curbing insurgency in Manipur, Choudhary claimed that insurgency in the state has been curbed. No area of the state is under their domination and militants cannot move freely in the operational areas of the IGAR (South). The IGAR (S) covers Ukhrul, Chandel, Imphal east and west. However, extortion activities, targeting minorities and other soft targets are yet to controlled upto the expected level, he admitted. “We have tried our best to curb militancy in the state but as you know no military campaign ever solved militancy in anywhere,” he said reiterating that only through dialogue, insurgency problem could be solved. Manipur situation has become a complex one. In this small state of country “extremely” large numbers of issues are ahead. In such situation, he always instructed his men to be very friendly while conducting frisking and checking during the counter insurgency operation. Sharing his opinion to a query, the major general claimed that since the signing of Suspension of Operation (SoO), violent activities in Manipur have been sharply reduced. “SoO has brought down violence tremendously low. The faster the surrender of weapons and rehabilitation of the cadres, the better result will be for returning normalcy in the region. SoO is currently in force with the as many as 18 Kuki based militants groups under the apex bodies of KNO and UPF after the signing of the tripartite agreement between Central, State government and the two apex bodies since August 21, 2007. While informing that negotiations with two valleys based underground groups are under process, AK Choudhary also appealed other outfits to come to the negotiating table. Talks were on with a group of Kangleipak Communist Party (KCP) and a faction of People United Liberation Front (PULF). “I appeal to the other underground to come out because insurgency problem cannot be solved without negotiation. Negotiation is the only way to solve all the problems. Negotiation is a must for settling all the issues,” the outgoing major general said. The interaction programme was organized by the PRO, IGAR(S). It was lasted for about three hours.

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