Meghalaya puts in place SWAT team

A Special Weapons and Action Tactics team has been deployed in Meghalaya for anti-insurgency operations; the government informed the Assembly day.

Updated: Dec 03, 2010, 18:04 PM IST

Shillong: A Special Weapons and Action
Tactics team has been deployed in Meghalaya for
anti-insurgency operations; the government informed the
Assembly day.

Home Minister HDR Lyngdoh said the SWAT team has been
trained in counter-insurgency and jungle warfare school of the
Indo-Tibetan Border Police at Mahindanda in Uttaranchal and
the Counter Insurgency and Terrorist School at Dergaon in
Assam during this year.

The team, comprising 53 commandos, has been deployed
in the disturbed areas of Garo hills.

They have been tasked to render quick and swift operation
in the jungles, survive in the jungle and carry out longer
operations than ordinary teams and to hit specific targets as
swiftly as possible, the minister said.

Union Home Ministry had earlier this week declared 20
km inside Meghalaya along the Assam border as "disturbed area"
besides the entire neighbouring state.

Chief Minister Mukul Sangma, earlier this week, had
admitted that Northeast insurgents, including the ULFA and
NDFB, were using the state as a corridor to and fro
Bangladesh.

Besides, the nascent Garo National Liberation Army,
which has indulged in rampant extortion and kidnappings in the
Garo hills, has forged links with bigger groups of the region,
Sangma had said.

PTI