New Delhi: The forces deployed in the North East for counter-insurgency, counter-terrorism and internal security will be reduced after the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) elections, said Army Chief General Mukund Naravane on Tuesday.
“Two battalions have already been taken out. Once Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) elections are over, we would reduce more troops. In the next two to two and a half years we would concentrate fully on conventional warfare in North-Est rather on counter-insurgency operations,” said Naravane.
The Government on Monday signed a a historic agreement between Government of India, Government of Assam and Bodo representatives, in New Delhi, to end the 50-year old Bodo crisis.
With this agreement, over 1500 armed cadres will abjure violence and join the mainstream. A Special Development Package Rs. 1500 crores over three years will be given by the Union Government to undertake specific projects for the development of Bodo areas.