Centre directs Assam to draw up action plan on security

assam2 Centre directs Assam to draw up action plan on security The Centre has asked the Assam government to chalk out a comprehensive security plan to prevent violence during the ensuing Lok Sabha election.

The Centre has directed the Assam government to draw up an action plan to ensure that militant attacks do not take place in Guwahati city, the two troubled hill districts of Karbi Anglong and North Cachar and other vulnerable areas of the state, official sources said in Guwahati on Friday.

The directive came after a high-level meeting held in Guwahati recently which was chaired by Union Cabinet secretary K M Chandrasekar and attended by top officers of the army, police and para military forces, they said.

The meeting reviewed the overall law and order situation in the state in the aftermath of the serial blasts in Guwahati, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh, sources said.

The meeting assessed the security force requirement in the North Eastern states to ensure violence free and fair election, they said.

The army and the state police gave separate presentations before the Central team with the police particularly pointing out the ULFA hand behind the blasts in collaboration with Pakistan’s ISI.

The police apprised the meeting that National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) members are on ceasefire and staying in designated camps but there is an anti-talk faction of the outfit, which is out to create trouble in the disturbed Kokrajhar district of the state.

The Central official revealed that more companies of para military forces will be sent to Assam particularly in view of the government’s request for more reinforcement during poll.

At present, 140 companies are engaged in counter insurgency operations and with the Centre agreeing to deploy additional force taking the total number of company’s deployment near to 200, sources said.

Although the army, which is currently deployed for counter insurgency operations in the state, will not be engaged in poll duty but kept as a stand by.