‘Assam Rifles’ Trains Elite Commando Team to Combat NE Terrorism

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To combat terrorism in the north eastern region of India, Assam Rifles has trained a special and elite commando team.

Officials said that in order to carry out operations against terrorists in the states of Assam, Tripura and Mizoram, the Assam Rifles has trained special and elite commando teams of specially selected personnel from the Assam Rifles.

The special commando training team is going to the 21 sector Assam Rifles based at Agartala.

The training of these commando teams being called “Fast and Intense Strike Teams (FISTs)” was carried out at 21 Sector Assam Rifles CIBS Teliamura”. These teams are capable of operating for a duration of 48-72 hours continuously in jungles and mountainous areas and have been trained special skills for carrying out swift and surgical operations against terrorists.

“The idea of these special commando teams was conceived by Maj Gen Satish Dua, IGAR (East) who himself has been a commando instructor at the elite Indian Army Commando School at Belgaum in Karnataka,” the official said.

To further sharpen the combat skills a competition of these teams was conducted from April 6 to April 9 at Teliamura.

Col PM Reddy from the elite Special Forces of the Indain Army judged the teams’ performance during the competition.

On 9th April, Gen Dua speaking on the occasion said as the main CI Force in the NE region, they have to be always prepared for all situations and also think ahead of the terrorists groups.

16 such teams are now operating in Tripura under 21 Sector Assam Rifles.

Hemanta Kumar Nath is a correspondent in Assam, India, who reports on local news in Assam, the north east Indian state.