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Indian army to carry out ‘surgical strikes’ to crush N-E militants
Army plans to carry out surgical strikes against the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) strongholds in thick jungles of lower Assam by the weekend.

As a prelude to strikes, advance elements of an almost 3,000 strong brigade level mobilisation have already moved to Boniangoan, Kokarjhar, Dhubri and Gopalpara with major columns expected to be in position by the weekend, army sources said here.

Army's "hunt and strike" operations would be against an estimated 200 to 250 NDFB militants suspected to be holed up in the jungles and hamlets in the area.

These militants are believed to be remnants of NDFB elements who managed to evade operation all clear launched by royal Bhutanese Army against ULFA and NDFB bases in its territory.

"The mobilisation for the operation has been done by redeploying troops present within the state with hardly any fresh induction from outside," the sources said.

They said the NDFB militants had been found to be acting in tandem with ULFA elements in upper Assam and along with strikes against Bodo militants, operations would also be carried out against ULFA elements in upper Assam.

The pattern of army strikes would be to hit suspected bases of NDFB as also to carry out cordon and search and area domination operations.


Posted by Jehangir Unwalla @ 7:06 AM


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