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SWAT team deployed in Meghalaya
Published on 4 Dec. 2010 12:10 AM IST
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A 53-member Special Weapons and Action Tactics (SWAT) team has been deployed in Meghalaya to combat anti-insurgency operations, Home Minister H.D.R. Lyngdoh said Friday. “The SWAT team is being deployed in Garo Hills to render quick and swift operation in the jungle against militants,” Lyngdoh told legislators in assembly during the question hour.
The SWAT team had been trained in counter-insurgency and jungle warfare school of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police at Mahindanda in Uttaranchal and the Counter Insurgency and Terrorist School at Dergaon in Assam, Lyngdoh said in his reply to a query asked by James K Sangma of NCP. He said the functions and specialty of the SWAT team was to survive in the jungle and carry out longer operations than ordinary teams and to hit specific targets as swiftly as possible.
In fact, chief minister Mukul Sangma had admitted that the Garo Hills region in the state was being used as a corridor by rebel groups and operatives of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) for anti-India activities. “We cannot deny that we have a problem,” Mukul said adding that the movement of these anti-national elements was a serious concern for the government.
Former Lok Sabha speaker P.A. Sangma said that the region had become a “hot corridor” of ISI and asked the state government to check the illegal activities. “The ISI (spies) enter Bangladesh from Pakistan and subsequently enter Garo Hills (bordering Bangladesh) to spread their network in the northeast region,” Sangma told legislators in the assembly during a discussion on the law and order situation.

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