15,000 police posts to be recruited, Assam govt decides amid border dispute

Guwahati: Assam's Himanta Sarma government has decided to raise 5 new police battalions amid the ongoing border dispute with Mizoram. At the same time, the Assam Police has also decided to fill up more than 15,000 posts lying vacant at the earliest. Assam Cabinet Minister Piyush Hazarika (Pijush Hazarika) told the media that the Assam Cabinet has decided to raise 5 new police battalions. He said three of these 5 battalions will be deployed in Cachar, Hailakandi, and Karimganj districts along the Assam-Mizoram border. 6,270 youth will be appointed in these five battalions.

Earlier on July 27, Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma had tweeted that three commando battalions would be deployed in these three districts and 3,000 jawans would be deployed.  Hazarika said the cabinet has decided to recruit one lakh youth in government jobs. Out of these, 15,000 youth will be recruited in the vacant posts of Assam Police. He explained that the recruitment process will start on September 1.

On July 26, six Assam policemen were killed and more than 50 injured in a violent clash between Assam police and Mizoram police. The Assam government has also decided to set up a police commission led by retired IAS officer Himanshu Shekhar Das for three months. The commission will also have former DGP PV Sumant. The Commission will report on how to improve the policing system and how the deployment is.

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