Why Arunachal needs a new unified command:
- ULFA and Naga rebels now stage operations from Arunachal Pradesh.
- The sensitive state shares its borders with China and Myanmar.
- With Beijing keeping a close watch on Arunachal, New Delhi does not want insurgency and unrest in this militarily strategic state.
Whatever the peace signals coming out of the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA), New Delhi has okayed plans by counter-insurgency strategists to tighten the noose around Assam's most violent rebel group and the Naga rebels currently operating out of Arunachal Pradesh. This sensitive state, which shares its borders with China's Tibet region, Myanmar, Bhutan, besides Assam and Nagaland, has been a favourite staging ground for ulfa ever since the rebels were expelled from their bases in Bhutan by the Royal Bhutan Army blitzkrieg in the winter of 2003. In fact, ulfa's most potent strike unit, the 28th battalion or the 'Kashmir Camp', is located across the border in Myanmar, with advanced units on the Arunachal Pradesh-eastern Assam border.