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26 new AR battalions for Mynmar border
Correspondent Shillong, JAN 12:
Published on 12 Jan. 2010 11:49 PM IST
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Assam Rifles has decided to raise 26 more battalions to man the treacherous Indo-Myanmar border to check cross- border terrorism. “The government has sanctioned 26 more Assam Rifles battalion and we hope this battalion will be raise and deployed soon in the border,” Additional Director General of Assam Rifles Major General JP Nehra said. Presently, there are only 15 battalions of Assam Rifles manning the 1600 KM long border with Myanmar border. “Yes, there are several hurdles in the Indo-Myanmar border and the new battalions will help us in tackling cross-border terrorism,” Major General Nehra told reporters here on the sidelines of the force’s 175 raising day here, today. When asked, Major General said that the joint patrolling of Assam Rifles and Myanmar Army is limited only in verification of the border pillars; there is a need to have better co-ordination between both the forces. He however said that the Myanmar authorities had assured the Assam Rifles that they were ready to take action against the Northeast militants taking shelter in their country. “The only problem with the Myanmar army is their inability to reach the inaccessible and rugged terrain where the militants had set up their camps,” he said.

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