Army Plans to Reduce Footprint in Internal Security Duties in Northeast: Gen Naravane

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    Army Plans to Decrease Footprint in Internal Security Duties in Northeast: Gen Naravane

    The Army prepares to slowly bring down the variety of its soldiers released for maintaining internal security in the northeastern states as the general situation in the region has improved by “leaps and bounds” in the last two years, Chief of Army Personnel Gen MM Naravane said on Tuesday.

    He stated there was no strategy to reduce variety of soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir as the union area continues to be impacted by cross-border terrorism though the scenario in hinterland has enhance substantially.

    The Chief of Army Staff was dealing with a news conference here ahead of Army Day on January15 Gen Naravane said the Army has currently taken out one brigade from the Northeast and is preparing to withdraw one to 2 brigades.

    ” Overall scenario in the Northeast has actually improved by leaps and bounds over the last one-two years due to concerted efforts by security forces and government’s initiative. We have actually performed a reassessment of our commitments in internal security and, in reality, one brigade has actually already been pulled out,” he stated. Gen Naravane stated the Army was awaiting for the conduct of Bodoland Territorial Council election in Assam. The elections to the autonomous council happened last month. “When that (scenario) stabilises, we will be able to pull out a minimum of one or 2 brigade,” he said.

    The Army has been deployed in nearly all insurgency-hit states of the Northeast including Assam, Manipur, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh. “As far as Northeast is worried, security scenario has enhanced manifold other than for 3 districts of Arunachal Pradesh,” he said.

    Describing Nagaland, he stated almost all the militant groups except the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Khaplang) have accepted the ceasefire contract. “We are indeed drawing down and lowering our footprint in internal security duties and we would be focusing on our primary task of handling external dangers.

    Speaking about Naga peace process, he stated many of the groups in the state have actually dedicated to it. “But you can not eliminate the possibility of any person fishing in struggling waters. We are keeping our eyes and ears open and we are not ruling out that possibility,” he said responding to a question on possible external impact to develop disturbance in the area “There is no doubt that any revolt to make it through, it can only do so with external support,” he stated.

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