GUWAHATI, Jan 28 � The Centre is closely monitoring the counter-insurgency operations in Assam and has directed the forces on the ground to lay stress on recovery of weapons along with arrest of militants. Meanwhile, for the first time, the militants are feeling the pressure from the security forces of Myanmar.
Talking to The Assam Tribune, highly placed sources in the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said that though more than 70 militants belonging to the NDFB(S) have been arrested in the crackdown launched after the December 23 massacre by members of the outfit, the Centre is not satisfied with the recovery of weapons. Sources said there have been reports that some militants gave themselves up in the face of sustained operations. But most of the militants managed to hide their weapons. It is also reported that the militants managed to bury some sophisticated weapons. The police and security forces have been directed to intensify operations to recover the weapons of the militants, sources added.
Following the directive from the MHA, the forces operating on the ground are sending weekly reports of the success in three columns - number of militants killed, number of ultras arrested and weapons recovered. The Centre is closely watching the situation and MHA sources asserted that there would be no let-up in the operations till the militant outfit, which was involved in killing of innocents including women and children, is finished.
Sources said the Bhutan Government is fully cooperating with India in dealing with militancy. Besides, for the first time the militants are feeling the pressure in Myanmar. Most of the active militant groups of the North East including the United Liberation Front of Asom (Independent) and the Songbijit faction of the NDFB have strong bases in Myanmar. Following pressure from India, the Government of Myanmar has moved army personnel towards the area where the militants have their bases. Though a full-scale operation is yet to be launched by Myanmar, the army movement has forced the militants to shift some of their bases.
The Army is operating in areas of Arunachal Pradesh bordering Assam as there have been inputs that some militants sneaked into that state. The Centre has also asked the Government of Arunachal Pradesh to launch a crackdown. But the Government of Arunachal is yet to seek additional forces to launch operations. The Centre is ready to send additional forces to Arunachal Pradesh whenever required.
MHA sources pointed out that Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh reviewed the situation immediately after the December 23 killings, while Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju recently reviewed the progress of the operations. Either Singh or Rijiju will soon review the progress of the operations again, sources added.