GUWAHATI, Jan 1: As many as 31 extremists were killed, more than 766 insurgents and linkmen were held and more than 443 weapons were recovered in the State in 2015 by security forces.
Defence PRO Lt Col Suneet Newton in a statement emailed to The Sentinel revealed this.
“The State enters the year 2016, much peaceful, without any incidence of ethnic violence. The overall efforts by the Security Forces have brought insurgency within mageable levels and ebled civil administration to function effectively. The level of violence is at all-time low,” Newton said.
The spokesperson said security situation in Assam had entered 2015 under the most trying circumstances in the aftermath of the massacre of 69 Adivasis, while the scars of May 2014 killings of 46 Muslims had not yet been healed and Operation ALL OUT was launched.
“Relentless Operations conducted achieved spectacular results resulting in significant improvement in the security situation in the state, with killing of more than 31 terrorists, apprehension of more than 766 insurgents and linkmen and recovery of more than 443 weapons,” he added.
Newton said the successful conduct of military operations had a debilitating effect on the major militant groups in Assam.
“Resultantly, most rebel groups such as tiol Democratic Front of Bodoland (Songbjit) and Karbi People’s Liberation Tigers (KPLT) have gone on a back foot, with their activities having been severely curtailed,” said the spokesperson.
This was achieved through synergised intelligence based joint operations of Indian Army with State Police, Central Armed Police Forces and good coordition with State Administration. The operations have resulted in effective conduct of counter terrorism operations, maintaining domince within the counter terrorism grid and denying space to insurgents. He said that all efforts will be ensured to facilitate success of upcoming major events next year, which includes SAF Games and the Assembly Elections.