10 Infantry Division /
Dah Division / Crossed Swords Division
The 10 Infantry Division is also known as Dah Division. In Sanskrit the word "dah" means to torment, grieve, or burn. The origin of the word dag or tag or day is clearly associated with the Sanskrit word 'dah'. The Assamese script has its own numerals, with 10 being "dah", as it is also in Old Persian.
In the terrorist infested areas of Mahore tehsil of Udhampur district one often heard of the success achieved by the Dah Division in killing terrorists and putting the militancy on hold. However, the iron hand which holds the sword can also don velvet gloves to give a healing touch, may not be known to many of this district. Shadowed by the ugly face of gun for the last six years, the Mahore-Gulabgarh woodlands set amidst rocky terrain and thick coniferous forests, was fast returning to normal, thanks to the presence of Dah division troops since March 2000. The area, with an 80 per cent Muslim population and 20 per cent Sikhs and Hindus, is the most backward part of Udhampur district.
Being employed in active counter-insurgency area of Upper Assam and Arunanchal Pradesh, in 2007 Dah Division first broke the backbone of the ULFA's strongest 28th battalion forcing its seniormost cadres of 'A' and 'C' companies to fall back to the negotiating table asking for unconditional and unilateral ceasefire. Thus, they were ushered into a politically viable and militarily acceptable solution resulting in a spate of surrenders by the terrorists of all the banned outfits and more cadres showing a genuine desire to join their families and quit the path of violence.
Dah Division has taken the psychological to make an appeal to ULFA cadres to shun violence and join the mainstream. In this initiative a large number of parents and family members of ULFA cadres including those of some senior and important leaders of 28 Battalion have made an emotional appeal through interaction with media personnel in the three districts of Upper Assam. The latest of such meeting was organized at Sibsagar on 15 Oct 2007 where parents of over 30 ULFA cadres gathered to convey their feelings with outburst of emotions in the presence of number of civil and military dignitaries. Similar meeting was held at Dibrugarh on 08 September 07 which led to surrender of seven terrorists at Laipuli (Tinsukia) on 01 Oct 07.
This psychological initiative of Dah Division has begun to pay dividends and surrender of Self Styled Lieutenant Pranjal Saikia on 18 Oct 07 and fourteen cadres is a true testimony to the genuineness and sincerity of the Army to contribute towards bringing about peace to the State of Assam.
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