Plan to cut Army from internal security duties in N-E, will be done in next 18-24 months: Chief

Written by Sushant Singh
| New Delhi |

Updated: January 29, 2020 7:00:21 am





Army Chief General M M Naravane said, “Two battalions have already been taken off. Once Bodoland elections are done in June-July and situation stabilises, we will release more troops.” (Representational Image)

The Army plans to draw down all its regular forces deployed in counter-insurgency, counter-terrorism and internal security duties from the North-East in the next 18-24 months, to focus on conventional warfare, said Army Chief General M M Naravane.

He said that two battalions have already been taken off from such duties and the next drawdown will happen after the Bodoland elections in Assam are completed in June-July this year.

“The North-East is going through a very transitional phase, for the good. The security situation is improving as shown by the recent surrender of 600 members of National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) and other groups. We are working on a plan for the next 18-24 months on how to draw down regular forces from CI/CT/ internal security duties there,” General Naravane told The Indian Express.

“Two battalions have already been taken off. Once Bodoland elections are done in June-July and situation stabilises, we will release more troops,” he…

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