When Operation Neptune Spear was launched in May 2011 to nab the world’s most wanted man, the single clue was embedded in a courier. Human Intelligence (HUMINT) is starting to become a thing of the past with technology and the flurry of reports indicating the Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) which wants to raise its ugly head has put back the question whether Operation Hill Storm was a success or a failure?
What happened to the efforts laid down by the uniformed personnel working in tandem with civil society leading up to the demise of Sohan Shira. Add to the porous border, drug trafficking networks and lack of job opportunities this will give a chance for elements that will languish to find the bullet in bringing justice to their demands.
Along with dialogue and a clear rehabilitation process of the militants, the effort is to intensify intelligence on guerrillas’ human resources, firepower and plans. Starting civic-action programs to bring in the confidence among the populace coupled with a small law enforcement footprint. ‘The Kaoboys of R&AW’ by B Raman explains the external arm being weak in intelligence collection to analysis and it is strong in managing a crisis not preventing it.
Laitkor Rngi, Shillong-10
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