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Guwahati put on high alert

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, July 29 - Security forces in the city have been put on high alert in view of the publication of the second draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) slated for tomorrow.

Back-to-back meetings were held today by police and security forces to review the arrangements so that no untoward incident takes place.

Official sources said that �sufficient� security forces, including those drawn from the paramilitary forces like CRPF and SSB, will be deployed across the length and breadth of the city to ensure law and order.

�We have divided the city into eight zones and 19 sub-zones. Each zone will be under one ACP-rank officer, while the sub-zones will be monitored by an inspector-level officer,� Police Commissioner Hiren Nath told The Assam Tribune.

Besides, an Assistant Commandant-level officer from the paramilitary will assist the ACPs in the eight zones.

�They will be on the move and the security personnel will be in touch with magistrates so that in case of any incident, the three agencies can respond jointly,� Nath said.

Besides the patrol teams, fixed pickets will be put up in at least 22 locations � all near NRC Seva Kendras � which have been identified as sensitive. Commando teams will also be on stand-by mode at strategic locations.

�All personnel in the city have been put on high alert. Patrolling and frisking have been intensified from today itself,� sources said.

An ACP-rank officer will look after the security of the NRC headquarters where the NRC State Coordinator will make public the second draft at a press conference at 9.45 am.

The police control room has been converted into a joint control room. The control room will be under one Additional Superintendent of Police and will also be manned by CRPF officials.

The Police Commissioner today chaired a meeting with senior officers who will be on duty tomorrow. The officials were briefed on how to deal with people regarding concerns over the NRC.

The police and other security personnel who will be on duty have been asked to dispel fears and other doubts expressed over the NRC by people.

Police sources said that no fresh survey will be conducted by the Border Police staff without the Commissioner�s permission.

�Any police person found indulging in dubious activities for illegal gratification or for causing harassment to common people based on NRC issues will be dealt with legally,� sources pointed out.

Prohibitory orders are already in place in the city.

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