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AR pleased with Dhaka action on militants
Published on 26 Nov. 2009 2:06 AM IST
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Buoyant with Dhaka’s flush-out operations against the Indian insurgents, India is optimistic that Myanmar junta would follow Dhaka’s footstep. “Myanmar would also carry out such operations against NE-based militants slowly we hope,’ Director General of Assam Rifles Lt. General KS Yadava said. In fact, India and Myanmar already have upgraded their intelligence sharing mechanism for effective action against the Indian insurgents. When asked about the possibility of joint military operations with the Myanmar army, he said, Indian forces would never attempt intrude into other sovereign land. The Assam Rifles is scheduled to celebrate its 175th raising day next year has been fighting insurgency in insurgency-prone areas of Manipur, Nagaland and Tripura for several decades, besides guarding the porous Indo-Myanmar border. On the recent successful operations against the ULFA in Bangladesh, the Assam Rifles Chief, said “It’s a good thing. Such operations would surely put the Indian insurgents to come out in the open if Bangladesh continues to carry out such flush out operations.” The Assam Rifles which has been engaged in a prolonged CI operation in Manipur has a lot to cheer about Dhaka’s positive initiative to hand over top ULFA militants to India recently. On November 1, sleuths of Bangladesh Police raided the house of ULFA’s “foreign secretary” Sashadhar Choudhury and “finance secretary” Chitraban Hazairka from downtown Dhaka and they were later “push back” to India as a “goodwill gesture” by the Awami League government through the Indo-Bangla border under Tripura sector. The ULFA has a nexus with the NSCN (K) and other banned militant outfits of Manipur and have been training in Myanmar at the camp there from time to time and supporting their cause. To avoid the security agencies many ULFA leaders slip away from Bangladesh and take shelter in the Myanmar camp to re-group or further flee to Yunnan province of China. “We are optimistic that Myanmar would also eventually conduct flush out operations against the Indian insurgents hiding in that country,” Lt General Yadava said. Assam Rifles to raise commando battalions Faced with increasing militant activity in the North-East, Assam Rifles is raising two commando battalions and a separate intelligence unit which, the paramilitary force feel, will help achieve better results. He said the battalion, one to be deployed in Manipur, would have special uniform and weaponry and will be 'as good as any other commando force in the country'. "They will be trained by expert forces in the country. The battalions will lend a potent force to the North East," Yadava said two days after five of his troopers, including a major and a captain, were killed in an ambush by militants in Manipur. The commando battalions, he said, would function along with the existing battalions. Besides, the MHA has also sanctioned a separate intelligence unit for the paramilitary force. "The intelligence agency has been approved and we hope to have it very soon," he said. Raised as a "militia" by the British in 1835, the 60,000-strong paramilitary force is now deployed for counter-insurgency operations.

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