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Insurgency on decline in Northeast: Army officer


Insurgency on decline in Northeast: Army officer

Eastern Army Commander Lt Gen Anil Chauhan said on Friday that insurgency is on a decline in

the Northeast and expressed hope that the situation will further improve in the future.

Overall, militancy-related incidents have declined by about 12 per cent and the arc of violence in the entire

Northeast has shrunk primarily to an area which is the tri- junction between Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and north Nagaland,

the officer said. "In the hinterland, the situation is under control and

we are confident that things will only improve in the future," General Officer Commanding-in-Chief (GOC-in-C), Eastern

Command, Lt Gen Chauhan said. Speaking to reporters after the 'Defence Investiture

Ceremony 2020' at Command headquarter Fort Willaim here, he said that 40 per cent of last year's violence occurred in this

area at the tri-junction. "In Nagaland, the government is engaging with the Naga

National Political Groups (NNPGs) and NSCN(I-M) and hopefully, there will be a positive outcome of these talks," Lt Gen

Chauhan said. He said that the agreement between factions of the

NDFB, the ABSU, the Assam government and the Centre is a welcome step and may be seen as a precursor to a lasting

solution in the state. The officer said that with the insurgency level having

gone down in the Northeast, the focus of the Eastern Command has shifted towards non-combat operations.

A large number of civil-military projects have been taken up by the Army, which includes infrastructure

development, setting up of medical camps and national integration.

He said that with the betterment in the situation, troops are being sent to barracks in Karbi Anglong and the

Army is also contemplating withdrawing some of its forces from the Bodoland Territorial Area Districts in Assam.

The GOC-in-C said that along the northern borders, activities of both the Indian and Chinese forces are

relatively less with the winters having set in, and peace is being maintained along the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

Chauhan said that about 133 individuals in the Indian Army were conferred gallantry awards this year.

Of the individual gallantry awards given this year, approximately 96 per cent are for operations in Jammu and

Kashmir and about 4 per cent for operations in the Northeast. In the Eastern Command, most of the distinguished

service awards were given for operations and administrative efficiency either along the LAC or in the hinterland for

counter-insurgency operations. "Of the individual gallantry awards given in the

Eastern Command, 37 per cent were for distinguished service along the LAC and 47 per cent for operations in the

hinterland," he said. As far as the unit citations are concerned, altogether

22 awards were given, including the Chief of Army Staff's citation and Army Commander's citation, he said.

These include 10 units that got citations for operations along the Line of Actual Control, while 8 units got

it for operations in the hinterland for counter-insurgency operations.

Two units got it for infrastructure development, which were done mainly along the Chinese border, he said.

"While the grant of these awards is not a reflection of the security situation either on the LAC or in the

hinterland, but this gives some indication as to where the priorities lie," he said.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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