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Militants continue to trigger havoc in BTAD


GUWAHATI, July 16 � Militants continue to trigger havoc at will in BTAD while the Government�s machinery continues to fall flat time and again leaving the common man in utter disgust even as the Government announced ex-gratia of Rs eight lakh to the next of kin of those killed in Baksa.

With nearly 1000 persons killed in last five years in BTAD and over 1300 cases of abduction taking place, BTAD, for many, has now become a virtual terror ground.

Although over 500 cases under Arms Act were registered with different police stations in 2009, the rate of conviction and the number of those charge-sheeted in connection with such serious offences depicts a poor investigation record of Assam Police in BTAD as well.

Uncontrolled spurt in the movement of arms and a negligible recovery percentage in BTAD have also put the credentials of the security agencies under scanner.

Assam Police although has recovered over 700 arms in the span of last five years, a senior Home department official confided that the number hardly amounts to five per cent of the weapons possessed by the militants in actual.

Sources told this reporter that the Sangbijit faction of the NDFB has become the focal attention of the security agencies with the Government already launching an all-out effort against the banned outfit.

He said that additional security forces are already in place in BTAD and more forces are on stand-by to meet the need in case of further disturbances.

Sources informed that community leaders are being taken into confidence to ensure that the situation not get flared by anti-social elements.

Meanwhile, State Home Commissioner GD Tripathi told this reporter that the ex-gratia of Rs eight lakh to the next of kin of all the four killed in Baksa will soon be hand d over.

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