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3 Corps (Spear Corps) completes 25 years
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, Feb 3 (NPN):
Published on 4 Feb. 2010 12:24 AM IST
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Rangapahar -based 3 Corps and also known as ‘Spear Corps’ completed 25 years on Wednesday since its formation on February 4, 1985. The Corps was raised to combat insurgency in Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura and Meghalaya, and initially started with two mountain divisions- 8 and 57 mountain- in addition to the troops of Assam Rifles . Addressing media persons on the occasion at the Rangapahar headquarters here Wednesday, General Officer Commanding (GOC), 3 corps, Lt General N K Singh AVSM, VSM, said with the region gaining a greater significance due to the strategic dimensional perspective, 3 Corps would continue to fulfill the responsibility of guarding the frontiers in Arunachal Pradesh, Myanmar and part of Bangladesh besides ensuring a congenial political environment in the NE states. Asserting that the Corps has ensured an enviable record in achieving its aim and objectives with minimum loss of civilian life or collateral damage, the GOC claimed that the Corps has achieved its goals in every field. Lt.Gen.Singh also said the troops under the Corps have been on high vigil across the international border, while deliberate intelligence based surgical operations against insurgents were also carried out at the same time. The Corps Commander also spoke about existence of camps of north east insurgent outfits across the border, with nearly 40-50 were present in Myanmar out which 25-30 were temporary with a minimum strength of the cadres. The GOC also informed that the fencing of the border has already begun in Manipur from Moreh side while the Nagaland government was not too keen on it. He also paid homage to those soldiers who had laid down their lives by saying that their dedication, commitment and sacrifice has ensured security for the region that was vital for ensuring peace and prosperity. The Corps has won a large number of gallantry awards including 2 Mahavir Chakras, 2 Ashok Chakras, 14 Kirti Chakras, 83 Shaurya Chakras and 307 Sena Medals besides 19 COAS unit citations and 15 Eastern Army Commander unit citations. Giving a detailed account of all the NE states under its command, the GOC stated that “Overall in this Northeast region of India, the situation is steadily improving”. In Nagaland, he said the reconciliation efforts of the FNR, “has gathered greater momentum”. Alongside, he also informed that violation of ceasefire ground rules were generally resolved as per the rules and provisions of the law. Admitting the presence of various militants groups of northeast in Dimapur, Lt Gen Singh asserted that Dimapur has become a hunting ground for the UGs basically for extortion. He also informed that these groups with a floating population of 10-15 each have been maintaining a low profile in order not attract the attention of the security forces. On the insurgency related take place within the disputed area belt with the militants taking full advantage of the prevailing situation by indulging in kidnapping and extortion. Lt.Gen Singh however said the army was aware of the problem and necessary actions were being taken. On the Kejubari incident in Assam where an army jawan was killed by a mob, the GOC described it as an unfortunate incident caused by misinformation relayed to the personnel. The GOC appealed to the leaders of UNLF, PLA and other militant groups of Manipur to give up violence and let the people of Manipur live peacefully without the daily threats of extortion and grenades. “Lee the highly talented people of Manipur build their happiness and prosperity along with great strides being made by the rest of India….” he said. On the situation in Assam, Lt.Gen Singh said the arrest of ULFA chairman Rajkhowa was churning the situation in upper Assam while ULFA rank and file in Myanmar were facing turmoil. On being asked on what were the demands of the ULFA leaders for their release to facilitate the talks, Lt Gen replied that it was a political decision and not for the army to decide. In Tripura many NLFT cadres have surrendered and weakened,while investment have started to pour into the state, he said. He said recruitment by the militants in Tripura was sporadic and isolated even as cadres in the hill tracts of Chittagaong were keen to come back and for which the army would facilitate. Lt.Gen.Singh also stressed on completion of border fencing along the international border to curb movement of insurgents. He said Mizoram was peaceful, and urged upon the Mizos to be more magnanimous and facilitate the return of the Bru (Reang) refugees. According to reports, altogether 37,000 Bru or Reang refugees have been sheltered in six evacuee camps in Kanchanpur , North district of Tripura’s for the past 13 years. Repatriation was to start on November 14, 2009, but was stalled following fresh clashes between Mizos and Brus.

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