IMPHAL, Feb 12 � Director General of Assam Rifles Lieutenant General Rameshwar Roy has asserted that the Assam Rifles and the Army can operate more freely in areas where the Armed Forces Special Power Act 1958 (AFSPA) is applicable.
The Director General, who was here on a two-day visit, told the media that wherever AFSPA is there, Assam Rifles along with army is operating more freely compared to those areas where the Act is not enforced.
The infamous AFSPA is in force in Manipur excluding greater Imphal area which covers seven Assembly constituencies.
On the report of NSCN-IM violating the ceasefire ground rules in the recently concluded Assembly polls, the chief of Assam Rifles warned, �If they do no follow the rules, then we will enforce those ground rules to catch them and hand them over to police.�
He, however, contended that the election passed off peacefully. Stating that no underground groups is active to cause any problems to the people, he said these underground groups act like a thief � they come and hit and go.
The Assam Rifles chief also called on the State Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh besides interacting with the students of Sainik School, Pangei, near here.