Tako Dabi at the press meet in Itanagar on Saturday. Picture by Chow Bilaseng Namchoom
Itanagar, May 8: Arunachal Pradesh home minister Tako Dabi today ruled out any possibility of the state government launching any offensive against the factions of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland militants in Tirap and Changlang districts.
He, however,admitted that both the Muivah and Khaplang factions have stepped up their activities in some pockets of Tirap district, bordering Nagaland and Assam.
“At present, the state government is not planning any offensive against the NSCN or any other militant groups in Tirap and Changlang districts. We have requested the Centre to involve Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh in a discussion before deciding to launch any offensive against them. We have also appealed to both factions of the NSCN to stop abducting people from the Longding, Pumao and Wakka circles of Tirap district,” Dabi said.
He said the Assam Rifles had on Wednesday rescued seven civilians who were abducted by NSCN (Khaplang) cadres from the Longding circle of Tirap district.
“Timely action by the Assam Rifles made possible the rescue of the seven persons, who were abducted from Pumao circle of Tirap district. We have requested the Centre to deploy additional forces in Tirap and Changlang,” he added.
Dabi indicated that though Union home minister, P. Chidambaram, had asked for “zero tolerance” against the NSCN men operating in Tirap and Changlang, the state government was not going to launch any strike unless there was any specific instruction from the Centre to carry out such operations.
Plea for eunuch unit
Dabi said he wants the Centre to create a separate unit in the armed forces for eunuchs to act as a “wall” and “deal a killer blow to the preying Chinese on the eastern frontier and Pakistani soldiers on the northern frontier”.
The minister, in whom over seven crore eunuchs found a crusader, is not hesitant to take up their cause even with Union home ministry P. Chidambaram.
In a letter to Chidambaram on February 23, he made a case for making a provision to recruit eunuchs in a separate unit of the armed forces.
“I am a staunch advocate for the cause of eunuchs as I believe they can prove as no less valiant soldier than the male soldiers manning the frontier. In fact, they can do the job better than the soldiers who are deployed on the frontier. Like Shikhandi, the almost invincible character in the Mahabharat, they can work as a shield, standing guard against the attack of preying Chinese on the eastern and Pakistanis on the northern frontier. I have received acknowledgement from Chidambaramand I am sure my plea will be heard soon,” Dabi told a press conference here today.
In the epic war of Mahabharat, Shikhandi, a eunuch charioteer trained in warfare, held fort for Arjun, who used him as a shield against Bhishma.
Only with Shikhandi’s help could Arjun deal a deathblow to Bhishma, who had been virtually invincible.
Substantiating his argument, the minister further said that our historical records also show Mughal emperor Akbar having a group of eunuchs to guard his harem.
“So I see no reason for not keeping them in our paramilitary forces because they can prove to be a more dedicated unit capable of striking the enemy with vengeance. They can be employed with minimum supportive amount in the form of salary. Why can’t there be a separate regiment for the eunuchs in the force?” Dabi argued.