Govt asks Army to go all-out against Naga insurgents

NEW DELHI (TIP): Stung by the deadliest attack on Army soldiers under its watch, the Narendra Modi government on June 4 asked the Army to go all out against NSCN (K) and other militant groups responsible for recent escalation of violence in the North-East.

“A decision has been taken to do to the groups responsible for today’s (Thursday) carnage what was done to NDFB,” said a functionary familiar with the consultations in the aftermath of the deadly ambush. He said the Centre’s decision was to “smash” the groups that have unleashed violence in the past few weeks, especially since the ceasefire with NSCN (K) ended in March.

Minutes after the attack, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Army Chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag and other senior officials met to discuss the government’s response.

Thursday’s attack was the worst on security forces under the NDA regime, which rode to power with a tough posture on security matters.

The official said the Centre would adopt an aggressive strategy, like the one it had adopted against NDFB
(National Democratic Front of Bodoland) over the past several months. Security forces have found significant success in their operation against NDFB militants, several of who have been neutralized in recent months.

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Sources said army has been told to carry out a similar, targeted and cohesive operation to end the menace.If the operations against NDFB are to go by, the Army could bring in its para commandos to carry out surgical strikes on the insurgent groups. The well-planned and executed ambush on the convoy of 6 Dogra Regiment, with IEDs, landmines, rocket-propelled grenades and automatic weapons, led to the largest-ever loss of soldiers in a single incident in recent memory in the northeast’s long bout with insurgency over the decades.

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