Massive Search operations begin after ambush on Assam Rifles convoy
Guwahati: Massive combing operations are being conducted by security forces near the site along Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border, ranging till the Myanmar border, where militants had ambushed an Assam Rifles convoy yesterday, killing two jawans and injuring three others.
Special director general of Assam Police Kula Saikia, who is camping near the ambush site at Warabasti in Tinsukia district on the eastern fringe of the state, said today that the combing operations are being conducted in a coordinated manner by several security agencies, including Arunachal Pradesh counterparts.
He said, "We have sealed all entry and exit points to the area. Sniffer dogs have been pressed into action to track the militants. As the area is densely forested and leads right up to the Myanmar border, we are working out strategy to reach to the remotest areas."
Saikia further said the militant group that had ambushed the Assam Rifles party yesterday is suspected to be an 'opening party' for further militant movement in the area and the security agencies were working on inputs to foil any militant strike.
Improvised Explosive Devices that were recovered near the ambush site yesterday were defused safely today by bomb-disposal experts, while measures were being taken to ensure that no other IEDs or mines were concealed in the area.
A meeting of top security officials, including Saikia and the Tinsukia superintendent of police, was held at the 13 Assam Rifles base in the area today to finalise a counter-insurgency strategy.Two Assam Rifles jawans and as many militants were killed in an ambush on security forces by a joint group of militants of Corcom (a united forum of Manipuri rebels) and ULFA(I) and retaliatory firing by the personnel in Warabasti near Jagun in Tinsukia district of Assam yesterday.