Army chief Dalbir Singh visits violence-hit areas, asks troops to gear up

The Army Chief interacted with commanders to obtain a first-hand perspective of the operations on ground.

Written by Samudra Gupta Kashyap | Guwahati | Published: December 28, 2014 3:31:45 am
A violence-affected tribal woman breaks down at a relief camp in Kokrajhar Saturday. (Source photo: PTI) A violence-affected tribal woman breaks down at a relief camp in Kokrajhar Saturday. (Source photo: PTI)

Army Chief General Dalbir Singh Saturday visited violence-hit areas of Assam and asked troops to intensify operations in the area. Singh’s visit comes in the wake of recent attacks by NDFB(S) on Adivasi settlers in which 78 were killed.

“On arrival at Guwahati, the Army Chief was given an overview of the current status of operations, covering the various measures being taken to effectively improve the larger security milieu in Assam. He was also briefed on the proactive actions undertaken by the Army along with different agencies to intensify the pressure against the militant outfits.

The General reviewed the deployment of 66 Army columns in the disturbed areas, while examining the blueprint for the employment of accretional forces being inducted into the sector,” said an Army statement.

The Army Chief interacted with commanders to obtain a first-hand perspective of the operations on ground. Thereafter, he undertook an aerial reconnaissance of the strife-torn areas. While expressing satisfaction with the steps taken, Singh asked for greater synergy with intelligence and security agencies.

“Taking note of the road map being planned by the Army jointly with the Police forces, the General directed his troops to extend all possible support to the State Administration in bringing back normalcy, while at the same time carrying out relentless operations against the perpetrators of terror.

Assuring additional support for renewed focus of operations, he hoped it would rapidly ameliorate the security environment to bring about lasting peace and harmony in the State,” it said.

Meanwhile, situation in Sonitpur and Kokrajhar remained unchanged Saturday with about 1000 more people leaving their villages for safer places.

Over a lakh people are lodged in relief camps in Sonitpur, Kokrajhar, Chirang and Udalguri districts following the ) attacks. While NDFB(S)’s self-styled chairman I K Songbijit is known to be in Myanmar, intelligence inputs said he visited Sonitpur and Udalguri districts a few weeks ago.

“There are inputs about Songbijit making a quick trip to the districts, while deputy G Bidai is believed to be holed up in the jungles of Bhutan or Arunachal Pradesh,” said an Assam Police official.

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