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2 Mountain Division

By January 2003 the troops of 2 Mountain Division responsible for conduct of counter-insurgency operations in upper Assam and some parts of lower Assam had been able to contain militancy to a large extent especially after elimination of some key personalities like self-styled 'major' Tapan Sarma, 'commanding officer', 28 battalion in May, 2002 and self-styled Lt Rakta Plaban, Ajay Rajkhowa and Biren Deori. It was followed by seizure of a large cache of arms and ammunition during the month of August and September 2002. "The effects are very visible in that militancy is at extremely low ebb," claimed Major-General HS Batra, white addressing the scribes of Dibrugarh and Tinsukia districts at Dinjan, the Headquarter of 2 Mountain Division, recently. "The situation is a cause for optimism and provides the opportunity for resolution of the problem," he asserted.

On the one hand, 2 Mountain Division continued its steely operations with resolve and precision, on the other, it extended its humane face by providing opportunities for a respectable life for those returning to the mainstream. A state-of-the-art training infrastructure based on the guidelines of Directorate Employment and Craftsman Training, Guwahati has been developed for seven vocational courses. The vocational training includes courses in four-wheeler servicing, house wiring, driving, fabrication and welding, carpentry, computer hardware and IT.

A surrender ceremony was conducted in October 2007 at Laipuli under the aegis of Dah Division for the 14 cadres of various outfits including Self Styled Private Toor Moni Borgohain wife of Self Styled Lieutenant Prajjal Saikia. A Company Commander 28 Battalion ULFA. On behalf of Major General NC Marwah, General Officer Commanding 2 Mountain Division. Brig PK Saini, Deputy General Officer Commanding, 2 Mountain Division accepted the surrender. Police and civilian dignitaries including close relatives of the cadres were present at the occasion. The units of 181 Mountain Brigade based in Tinsukia and Dibrugarh districts, Dah Division Artillery Brigade based in Sibsagar district, 25 Sector Assam Rifles based in Arunachal Pradesh and Army Intelligence Units were directly responsible for facilitating the surrender of these hardcore terrorists.

This hallmark achievement is part of the overall strategy of "FIGHTING INSURGENCY AND NOT THE INSURGENTS" enunciated by General BS Jaswal, General Officer Gajraj Corps. Based on this strategy intense military operations in concert with initiatives have been launched with renewed vigour by the Army.



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