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Opp raps Govt over lawlessness in Sonitpur

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, March 9 � Opposition members today castigated the State Government over the poor law-and-order situation on the north bank of the Brahmaputra river, especially in Sonitpur district and its adjoining areas, where they alleged militants and anti-socials were running a parallel government.

Padma Hazarika (AGP) said that despite the recent incidents of carnage and large-scale extortion by ultras, the State Government failed to enhance security and infrastructure in the affected areas. �Police and security personnel do not have four-wheel vehicles to patrol the remote and difficult terrain. The backward areas are in urgent need of development, as many of them are sympathetically inclined towards militants,� he said.

Prabin Hazarika (AGP), while asserting that acts of terrorism were rampant in those areas, said that the situation would go totally out of control unless the government intervened in an effective manner.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Rakibul Hussain, in his reply, said that steps were being taken to improve security in the north bank of the Brahmaputra river. He said that efforts were on to hasten the creation of a police district in the area.

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