General Dalbir Singh leaves for Assam to review Situation

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New Delhi, Dec 27: Army Chief General Dalbir Singh on Saturday left for Assam to take stock of the situation following the attacks by the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (Songbijit group) that killed over 70 civilians mostly tribals on Tuesday.

General Singh had earlier on Friday met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to review the security situation in Assam and stated that the operation "All Out" against Bodo militants would be intensified.

According to reports, in a fresh incident of violence on Friday, NDFB (S) militants lobbed a grenade at SSB personnel and exchanged fire with them in Chirang district along the Indo-Bhutan border.

The government has already made its stand clear on terrorism saying no talks or discussion would be made with the militants, rather they should be eliminated with firm hands. Both the Centre and state government remained tough to the outfit after innocent tribals were killed at late night in the chilling winter on Tuesday in the Sonitpur, Kokrajhar and Chirang districts of Assam.

On the other hand, the security has been tightened along Assam border, The Director General (DG) of armed border force BD Sharma said that they will cooperate with army and police in the operation against the Bodo militants.

Some 7,000 villagers have fled their homes in Assam, fearing more attacks from the Bodo militants and are sheltered in relief camps guarded by the army and police.

India has also sought help from Bhutan, Myanmar and Bangladesh for the operation and action against the terror outfit suspecting that some militants might have fled to neighbouring Bhutan while their leader was believed to be in Myanmar.

Meanwhile, SSB DG B.D. Sharma said the problem was intense in the region due to open border.

Police believe that a faction of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB), fighting for a separate state for ethnic Bodos, was behind coordinated attacks on tea plantation workers and their families this week, the deadliest in years.

-With ANI inputs

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