Dr. Singh: North East must have permanent peace; Army Captain, two ULFA militants killed in encounter
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  • Concerned over the problems of insurgency in the North East, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, addressing Army and ITBP jawans in Lohitpur in Arunachal Pradesh on February 1, asserted that it was imperative to have lasting peace in the region.

    Meanwhile, an Army officer, Captain S.K. Choudhury, who was awarded the President’s Sena Medal this year for gallantry, died in an encounter with ULFA militants in Assam’s Tinsukia district on January 27. Two ULFA militants were also killed in the encounter1.

    Hindustan Times reported that the Union government has asked the intelligence agencies to closely monitor the growing nexus of the Maoists with the militant outfits of the
    North East region. Recently, an arrested senior Maoist cadre in Jharkhand revealed that the Maoists had already formed units in different districts of Assam, including Karbi Anglong and Golaghat2.

    • 1. “Sena Medal awardee dies in encounter,” The Hindu, January 28, 2008, at http://www.The Hindu.com/2008/01/28/stories/2008012854991200.htm
    • 2. “Monitor 'red corridor' in NE: Centre,” The Hindustan Times, January 29, 2008, at http://www.The Hindustantimes.com/StoryPage/StoryPage.aspx?id=1f045402-36ca-45d1-8658-da54b6e01ece&&Headline=Monitor+'red+corridor'+in+NE%3a+Centre