JOURNAL OF DEFENCE STUDIES

Police and Counter-Insurgency: The Untold Story of Tripura’s COIN Campaign, by Kuldeep Kumar

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  • April-June 2018
    Volume: 
    12
    Issue: 
    2
    Book Review

    The role of the state police in combating insurgencies has not been given due acknowledgement in India despite the success stories of Punjab, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal where police forces successfully deployed to counter insurgency movements. For instance, in Punjab, with support from the central paramilitary forces, the state police successfully neutralised terrorists who were demanding a separate state of Khalistan. In Andhra Pradesh, the state police played a highly critical role through the efficient Greyhounds model of security force operation. West Bengal adopted a similar strategy where police compelled the insurgents to dissipate into the surrounding region, resulting in drastic reduction in the level of extremist violence in the state. The police forces in these states were able to augment their capacities, infuse dynamic leadership and reorganise their structure and strategies to counter the insurgencies effectively.

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