Guwahati: Defence minister Manohar Parrikar on Saturday reviewed the prevailing security scenario and ongoing operations against militant outfits in Lower Assam.

Parrikar visited the Red Horns Division at Rangiya near Assam on the second day of his two day maiden visit to the state and was given a detailed briefing on the ongoing counter insurgency/counter terrorism operations in Lower Assam, a defence spokesman said.

He was given specific update on the current operations undertaken against NDFB(S) militants following the December 2014 violence against the Adivasis.

The minister expressed his satisfaction on the progress of operations and also appreciated the efforts made by the formation to dynamically review and alter its tactics to counter the rapidly changing situation in the region, he said.

He was particularly satisfied with the citizen-friendly approach and empathy displayed by the Army in conduct of the operations.

More funds could be provided, if required, for ‘Operation Sadbhavna’ to carry out welfare activities for the people of the region.

He appreciated the efforts of the Army in the violence free conduct of BTC elections in BTAD to bring peace and normalcy in the region, he said.

Union minister of state for home Kiren Rijiju, who accompanied the defence minister, appreciated the successful conduct of operations by the Army and other security agencies, in the region.

Parrikar was accompanied by chief of the army staff Gen Dalbir Singh, GOC-in-C Eastern Command Lt Gen M M S Rai and GOC Gajraj Corps Lt Gen Sarath Chand.

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