Shillong: Home Minister Rajnath Singh has ruled out the withdrawal of Assam Rifles from the Indo-Myanmar border and its replacement with another paramilitary force, saying no such decision has been taken yet.
"We have not taken any decision yet. Whenever we take any such decision, we will let you know," he told reporters here, on the sidelines of a 'Sainik Sammelan' organised on the occasion of the 181st Raising Day of Assam Rifles.
There have been reports that the central government may entrust the task of guarding this border to another border guarding force, the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP). Border Security Force (BSF) was earlier being considered for the task and it had also prepared an assessment report in this regard.
India and Myanmar share an unfenced border of 1,643 km adjoining Arunachal Pradesh (520 km), Nagaland (215 km), Manipur (398 km) and Mizoram (510 km) and permit a "free movement" regime up to 16 km across the border.
Assam Rifles, raised in 1835, functions under the operational command of the Union Home Ministry. The Home Minister is on a two-day tour of Meghalaya.