The Army has reportedly started pulling out its troops from areas in western Assam, where normalcy has started to return.
“Assam has been a hotbed of insurgency over the last few decades. Various parts of the state have been under the strict vigilance of the Indian Army. However, with continued efforts over time, many of the insurgency affected districts are gradually returning to normal,” a report quoted the army press office as saying.
The Army reportedly has vacated its Hatsingimari camp in South Salmara of Assam.
Army camps in Mankachar has also been reportedly vacated.
“The camp has been successfully handed over and will now be administered by the local civil administration and the security forces,” the report quoted an army officer in western Assam as saying.
“Local populace and Ex-servicemen were also present at the time of troops moving out of Company Operating Base. The moving out of the troops was welcomed by the local populace and they thanked the Army for their contribution towards achieving peace and restoring normalcy in the district,” they added.
However, Assam Governor Jagdish Mukhi, on February 25, declared entire State of Assam as ‘Disturbed Area’ for another six months.
Government officials familiar with the matter cited attacks on security forces in the northeast and recovery of large amounts of arms and ammunition from several parts of Assam as a reason for the move.