Lt Gen Chauhan to be new CFMG chairman

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HT Correspondent

Dimapur, Aug 11: The Ceasefire Monitoring Group (CFMG) is all set to get a new chairman with the incumbent chairman, D K Pathak completing his tenure on August 9.

According to sources former Director General of Assam Rifles, Lt. Gen Shokin Chauhan will be taking over from Pathak after formal orders are issued by the Union home ministry.

When contacted, army sources also informed that Chauhan’s appoint was confirmed, but the official order was yet to be issued. A 1979 batch IPS officer, D.K. Pathak was appointed as the CFMG chairman in 2016.

The CFMG chairman has a tedious job of ensuring that the agreed ground rules during the operation of ceasefire with Naga insurgent outfits like NSCN-IM, GPRN/NSCN and NSCN-R in Nagaland are not violated.

The move is being seen as a morale booster for the Assam Rifles operating in Nagaland which has witnessed a spate of attacks on its personnel by the Naga groups in the last few months.

The new appointment also comes at a time when the Centre and the NSCN-IM are fine tuning a peace agreement taking into confidence other groups as well.

The Naga groups are waiting to hold their first meeting with Gen. Chouhan, which is expected to take place as soon as he takes charge.

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