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In an unprecedented move, the Manipur Police have registered a criminal case against the Assam Rifles, the oldest paramilitary force in the country, for “obstruction of duty” and “criminal intimidation”.
The Assam Rifles
- The Assam Rifles (AR) is a central paramilitary force responsible for border security, counter-insurgency, and maintaining law and order in Northeast India.
- Its primary duty involves guarding the Indo-Myanmar
- The AR is one of the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) administered by the Ministry of Home Affairs.
- The Indian Army maintains operational control of the AR.
- As a police force, its recruitment, perks, promotions, and retirement policies are governed by CAPF rules.
- The Assam Rifles was founded in 1835 as the Cachar Levy by the British East India Company. It was renamed the Assam Rifles in 1858 after the Indian Rebellion of 1857.
- The AR played a major role in the Anglo-Burmese Wars of 1824-26 and 1852-53. It also played a significant role in the Indian independence movement.
After independence, the Assam Rifles continued to play a major role in the security of Northeast India. It has been involved in counter-insurgency operations against various militant groups in the region. The AR has also been involved in disaster relief operations in Northeast India.
The Assam Rifles is a highly decorated force. It has won numerous awards, including the following:
- Param Vir Chakra (PVC): The highest military award in India
- Maha Vir Chakra (MVC): The second highest military award in India
- Vir Chakra (VC): The third highest military award in India
- Ashoka Chakra: The highest peacetime gallantry award in India
The Assam Rifles is a highly respected force in India. It is known for its professionalism, dedication, and courage. The AR is a vital part of the security of Northeast India and the country as a whole.
Here are some additional facts about the Assam Rifles:
- It has a strength of over 65,000 personnel.
- It is headquartered in Shillong, Meghalaya.
- It has 21 sectors, each with its own headquarters.
- It is deployed in all seven states of Northeast India.
- It also has a presence in Bhutan, Myanmar, and Bangladesh.
- The AR is a multi-ethnic force with personnel from all over India.
- It is a highly trained and equipped force.
- It is a highly respected force in India.