GUWAHATI (India): At least 60,000 soldiers were deployed in India's restive northeast following a string of separatist attacks and a call by rebels to boycott today's Republic Day, officials said yesterday.
“Security forces were put on maximum alert across the seven northeastern states with troops carrying out aerial surveillance over vulnerable vital installations in the region,” an army commander said.
At least nine separatist groups called a 17-hour general strike beginning today. It will be effective in five of the region's seven states, excluding Mizoram and Nagaland.
At least 16 people, including eight paramilitary soldiers, were killed during the past week in separate encounters in three states.
Rebels in Assam and Manipur said they had killed 24 security personnel since Jan 10. – AFP
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