Gogoi appeals for peace

GUWAHATI, Sept 30 – With the Allahabad High Court scheduled to give its verdict on the Ayodhya case tomorrow, the Assam Government has directed all concerned to take adequate precautionary measures to prevent any untoward situation, while, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has appealed to all sections of people to maintain peace.

Highly placed official sources told The Assam Tribune that the State Home Department has issued instructions to the Deputy Commissioners and Superintendents of Police of all districts to keep a close watch on the situation and to remain alert to prevent any untoward situation.

Sources said that the DCs and SPs have been directed to identify the sensitive areas to maintain close vigil in such areas. They have also been directed to constitute peace committees involving all sections of people in the areas considered sensitive. "We are not apprehending any trouble in the wake of the court verdict, but the Government is not willing to take any chance. That is why such instructions have been issued," sources added.

The Border Security Force (BSF) has also intensified vigil along the international border with Bangladesh. BSF sources said that all the troops deployed along the border have been alerted and vulnerable locations along the border have been identified so that extra precautions can be taken in such areas. Sources revealed that the BSF is also maintaining close liaison with police and other security agencies so that the troops can act on the basis of any input.

On the other hand, Army sources said that the troops would be deployed whenever the civil administration seeks the Army's help. The Army is not deployed to deal with law and order situation. But whenever the civil administration requisitions the help of the Army, the troops would move out to assist the administration, sources said.

Meanwhile, the Chief Minister has appealed to all sections of people of Assam to maintain peace and harmony. In a statement, Gogoi said that all sections of people of the state should keep strong vigil against any attempt by any unscrupulous element to create misunderstanding among different communities.

Gogoi said that if anyone is aggrieved by the verdict of the High Court, he or she can always approach the Supreme Court against seeking justice.