General Bipin Rawat Credit: EastMojo image

Itanagar: General Bipin Rawat visited Assam and Arunachal Pradesh on Thursday. The Army chief’s visit comes in the wake of the extensive search operations launched by the Army, state police and other paramilitary forces to trace the underground elements behind the killing of Khonsa West MLA Tirong Aboh and 10 others near Bogapani in Arunachal Pradesh’s Tirap district on Tuesday morning.

During his visit, the Army chief reviewed the security situation, especially in upper Assam and eastern Arunachal Pradesh. He expressed satisfaction over the commitment and preparedness of the Army and complimented all ranks for their sustained hard work, professionalism and devotion to duty in conduct of people-friendly operations in difficult operational conditions.

Meanwhile, the Army has employed specialist helicopters with night-flying ability to nab the killers of Aboh and 10 others. Reconnaissance helicopters, quad-copters and tracker dogs are also being extensively used. The Army deployed helicopters on Tuesday night to search the area, which is covered by dense forests.

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Inspector General of Police (IGP) Sunil Garg informed EastMojo that no arrests have been made so far. However, the operation has been intensified by the security forces in the area, he said. “As of now, five companies of the paramilitary forces, including Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), have been sent from Itanagar,” he added.

Along with Union home minister Rajnath Singh, MoS home Kiren Rijiju and Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu has condemned the attack.

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