Army Considers Recalibrating 'Over Cautious' Counter-Insurgency Strategy In North East

| September 10 , 2018 , 11:19 IST

The Army is considering a recalibration of its 'over cautious' counter-insurgency strategy in militancy-hit North East of India after the Supreme Court's orders to the CBI to probe into extra-judicial killings in Manipur, media reported on Sunday.  

According to military sources quoted by PTI, the Army headquarters are said to be 'deeply worried' over the rising casualty figures of the Army in Manipur. Another cause of concern for the Army is said to be a marked slowdown in the intensity of its operations against militants in the state where over 10 major militant groups are considered to be active.

In 2017, a total of 8 army men were killed and 26 injured in anti-insurgency operations while the number of militants killed was only 3. Similarly, as of August 2018, only 3 militants have been killed while 5 soldiers have died and 17 injured.

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Official figures state that a total of 1,889 soldiers have been killed and 3,168 injured in the North East since 1997, while the total number of insurgents killed since then are 4,974. In comparison, in the Kargil War with Pakistan, a total of 527 army men were killed and 1,363 wounded.

Over the past few months, the Supreme Court has passed a number of orders to the CBI directing it to thoroughly investigate alleged extra-judicial killings and fake encounters by the Army, Assam Rifles and police in Manipur.

Last year in July the court had constituted a special investigation team of the CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) after a PIL was filed with the court seeking probe into nearly 1,528 cases of alleged extra-judicial killings in Manipur.

The sources said that there appeared to be a "manifested caution" being exercised because of the directives of the court on AFSPA-related cases.