Army chief visits forward bases of Eastern Command

Guwahati, Jan 24 (IANS) Army Chief General Bipin Rawat visited the Eastern Command on Tuesday and reviewed the security situation with the top Corps Commanders located in different strategic locations of the sensitive region.

This was the first visit of the General to the region after assuming the charge.

The visit had a significance considering the recent spate in insurgent activities in Assam and other parts of the region, particularly ahead of the Republic Day celebrations.

Suspected armed militants fired at a convoy carrying fuel and essential commodities at remote Noney district in blockade hit Manipur on Tuesday, the attack came after a group of armed militants ambushed an Assam Rifles convoy along the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border on Sunday and killed two jawans and injured two others.

The General, accompanied by the Eastern Army Commander and the Corps Commander, also visited Tawang and the forward areas in Western Arunachal Pradesh.

It may be mentioned here that General Rawat had himself commanded a Corps in the Eastern Command and was well acquainted with the nuances of operational scenario here. General Rawat left Tezpur for Imphal before moving to New Delhi the same evening.