Thursday, October 1, 2009

Tripura CM for AR deployment in BG conversion work

AGARTALA, Oct 1 – With the improvement of general law-and-order situation and militancy in the State, Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar has proposed the Centre to pull out some troops of Assam Rifles and redeploy them in the militancy-infested NC Hills to expedite gauge conversion work from Lumding to Badarpur.

The broad gauge (BG) conversion work in between Lumding-Badarpur in Assam has not progressed that much due to security reason. In fact, militancy has virtually stalled the BG conversion work over the past few years. Only 30 per cent work has been done so far.

In the last internal security meeting convened by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in Delhi, Chief Minister raised the proposal to withdraw some troops of Assam Rifles from Tripura and redeploy them in NC Hills.

On Wednesday, when General Officer Commanding (GOC) 3 Corps Lt General NK Singh met Chief Minister, the latter reminded him about the State Government stand.

In course of discussion, Sarkar said that as the law-and-order situation has improved a lot over the years, there is no harm to pull out some Assam Rifles troops from Tripura to boost the security arrangement in NC Hills.

Talking to reporters, Chief Minister said that the ongoing BG conversion work is more important for Tripura and Assam. “Though the situation is gradually improving in NC Hills, deployment of additional troops will certainly boost the confidence of officials and workers engaged in the challenging task,” he said.

the Lt General also gave indication that some troops might be withdrawn from Tripura where insurgency is on the wane. “Shifting of troops from one state to another one is a routine affair,” the General added.

On the prevailing situation in NC Hills, the GOC said that security personnel had been doing good job in the trouble-torn areas that resulted in surrender of DHD (J) militants. He further said that a total 370 militants of NC Hills would be surrendered before the security forces on Friday. ASSAM TRIBUNE

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