Assam Rifles To Expand Presence To Remote Areas Of Indo-Myanmar Border To Curb Smuggling And Illegal Crossings

Assam Rifles soldiers marching in New Delhi during Republic Day celebrations in 2014. (Photo by Mohd Zakir/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

One of India’s most well-known paramilitary forces, the Assam Rifles, responsible for guarding large lengths of the Indo-Myanmar border in the North-East, is now looking to expand its presence to remote locations across the border in order to curb down on illegal trans-border activities, reports The New Indian Express.

A number of steps have already taken as part of this move.

"Assam Rifles is now in the process of occupying a number of additional locations all along the Indo-Myanmar Border," stated a defence release.

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Once this new expansion is fully implemented, the security group will be able to take better action against activities like the smuggling of drugs, weapons, illegal immigration, etc in the border areas.

The Assam Rifles, known as the ‘Sentinels of the North East’, is active in guarding parts of the border in the states of Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur and Mizoram, and coordinates with the Indian Army’s Eastern Command with a variety of operations in the region.

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