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DGAR flags concern over recruitment drive by NE ultras

DGAR flags concern over recruitment drive by NE ultras
Lt Gen Sukhdeep Sangwan
NEW DELHI, OCT 24 (IANS) | Publish Date: 10/24/2020 1:21:20 PM IST

Director General of Assam Rifles (DGAR) Lt Gen Sukhdeep Sangwan has met Indian Army chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane to apprise him about prevailing threats and the security situation along the India-Myanmar border, sources said.

In their meeting in Delhi on Friday, Lt Gen Sangwan apprised the Army chief about how North East’s insurgent groups were recruiting locals and consolidating their positions in Myanmar.

He briefed him about how the National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Khaplang (NSCN-K), led by Yung Aung, was strengthening its position inside Myanmar, as well as how other NSCN groups were planning to attack security forces at vulnerable points in the region.

DGAR also gave a detailed briefing about the prevailing threats on the India-Myanmar border and the contribution of the Assam Rifles in maintaining peace and security in the North East region.

On Thursday, DGAR also interacted with Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat and had appraised him on operational and administrative issues of the Assam Rifles.

Myanmar shares a 1,640 km border with a number of northeastern states, including militancy-hit Nagaland and Manipur.

Assam Rifles conducts counter-insurgency operations in the northeast and other areas where deemed necessary, under control of the Army. During peace and ‘proxy war’, it ensures security of the Indo-China and Indo-Myanmar borders in the region.

Earlier this month, Gen Naravane and Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla had travelled to Myanmar on a two-day visit during which they meet top military and political brass of the country, including State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, and talked about joint action against insurgent groups operating in the northeast region and in Myanmar.

The visit by General Naravane and Shringla assumes significance as it comes in the amid India and China’s six-month-long standoff at the Line of Actual Control in eastern Ladakh.

 

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