Indian Army has launched the most sophisticated counter-insurgency offensive in the northeast. The Army is ready to fight the Chinese, Pakistan’s ISI and Al-Queda aided militant outfit. Nepal, Bhutan and Myanmar are going to provide full support as needed to neutralize the enemy in the next six months.
Rattled by the wave of attacks across Assam and Nagaland, the Center has given the affected states the go-ahead to take firm steps in dealing with insurgent outfits.
As a first step, an entire Army brigade and 4,500 paramilitary personnel are being moved to beef the security apparatus. Use of helicopter gunships against insurgents has also been cleared.
North Block sources said that the decision to move another infantry brigade was taken after a series of consultations between the Home and Defense ministries. The brigade's deployment in Assam will be decided by the Unified Headquarters, being "reactivated" to check the slide in the Northeast.
The Unified Command is expected to meet on Friday followed by a meeting of the Strategy Command, which has local formation commanders as members.
DGPs of the seven N-E states are meeting on October 14 and 15 in Guwahati to discuss a joint strategy to counter insurgent groups.
All these decisions were taken on Wednesday at a high-level meeting at North Block. Chaired by Home Minister Shivraj Patil, it was attended by Army Chief General N C Vij, chiefs of paramilitary forces, Director of Intelligence Bureau A K Doval and senior Home officials.
Special Secretary (Internal Security) Anil Chaudhary said it was also decided to step up vigil on the borders and improve the visible presence of security forces _ Army, police and Central forces _ in public places.
The RPF and CISF would be asked to tighten vigil along railway tracks and oil pipelines.
Conceding that the intelligence network in the Northeast needed to be strengthened, Chaudhary said the IB had been asked to coordinate and link the flow of information from different states and from the Army.
"Small tactical groups will be constituted for the purpose. They will collect information from remote places and share it with others. The key to counter insurgency operations is a well-coordinated intelligence effort. The aim now is to get actionable and tactical intelligence," he said.
To this end, the village defense parties in Assam are also being energized. "These can be very helpful in getting local intelligence and assistance," he said.
According to Chaudhary, available intelligence suggested that the Assam blasts had been carried out jointly by the ULFA and NDFB. He admitted that the security agencies still had no clear fix on the blasts in Dimapur, Nagaland.
In Dimapur, powerful IED blasts were triggered on October 2. The use of 10-15 kg of RDX and timer devices has been established. In Assam, the militants mainly used hand grenades. Some of the grenades appeared to have been made locally while others were of the Chinese variety.