GUWAHATI, Aug 11 - With the Independence Day approaching, the Assam Police is in touch with their counterparts in neighbouring states for coordinated efforts to prevent militants from sneaking into the State to indulge in acts of violence. Moreover, surveillance is being kept on the parade grounds all over the State with adequate security deployment.
Director General of Police Kuladhar Saikia told The Assam Tribune that there have been inputs about movement of militants in the inter-state boundary areas and in the past also, the ultras managed to sneak into Assam to indulge in acts of violence in such areas. To deal with the problem, the security cover along the vulnerable stretches of the inter-state borders has been increased. He said the Assam Police held meetings with the police forces of neighbouring states, including Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Manipur, so that coordinated operations and raids can be carried out against the militants along the inter-state boundary areas.
Saikia said the Assam Police is also coordinating with the Border Security Force (BSF) to augment security along the international border to prevent elements of jehadi groups and other forces inimical to India from sneaking into the country on the eve of the Independence Day to create disturbance.
On security of the parade grounds, Saikia said that he personally inspected the security of the Khanapara parade ground here this morning along with senior officials of district administration and police. He revealed that a multi-layer security cover has been put in place to cover not only the parade ground but also its periphery. A close watch is being kept on the hills and high-rise buildings in the vicinity of the parade ground and a survey of the new residents is being carried out in different parts of the city. Similar exercises are being carried out in and around the parade grounds all over the State, he said, adding, fixed pickets have been posted for the past one months, while anti-sabotage checks with sniffer dogs and modern gadgets are also being carried out regularly.
As oil installations, besides the pipelines and railway tracks are always considered vulnerable, the village defence parties have been activated to assist the police to carry out regular patrolling along such vital infrastructure, Saikia said.
The DGP also called upon the people of the State to come out to celebrate the Independence Day and assured that all possible measures have been taken by the police and security forces to ensure violence-free celebrations all over the State.