AGARTALA, Dec 17 � There has been a significant improvement in the law and order situation in once militancy-infested Tripura, said Director General of CRPF Pranay Sahay.
�There has been a sea change in Tripura. It has emerged as the model State in the country in countering insurgency�, he told reporters soon after meeting with Chief Minister Manik Sarkar at Civil Secretariat here on Monday. Tripura received President�s Colour last year for successfully countering militancy in the State.
He further said, Maoist problem is the biggest security threat in the country now. �Maoist problem is the biggest security threat in the country. Thirty-five per cent of CRPF forces are deployed in different parts of Maoist-hit areas for containing their militancy,� Sahay, who was DG of Tripura for a considerable period, said.
He said, �Thirty-five per cent of CRPF forces are in Maoist-infested areas. Thirty-three per cent of the forces are deployed in Jammu and Kashmir and 28 per cent are in North East and the rest are in other duties�.
Sahay said CRPF was being modernised to face any challenge. �Now we have started using very sophisticated weapons and unmanned vehicles to detect mines as part of modernisation programmes so that we can face any eventuality,� he said.
During his whirlwind visit, Sahay met Governor Dr DY Patil and Chief Secretary SK Panda. He also inaugurated Quarters Complex at CRPF Group Centre near Damdamia.
The visit of CRPF DG assumes significance keeping in view of ensuing Assembly elections slated early next year. Sources claimed the CRPF looks set to take a lead role in the upcoming Assembly elections. One battalion of CRPF has already moved to the State while another battalion is likely to arrive here by January.