KOKRAJHAR, April 1 - In view of the BTC election scheduled to take place on April 8, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs Sambhu Singh, who is in charge of the North-east, rushed to Kokrajhar this afternoon to take stock of the latest law-and-order situation and held closed-door discussions with high civil and police officials of the Kokrajhar district administration and top officials of the Army, BSF, SSB & CRPF at the Kokrajhar Circuit House.
Kokrajhar Deputy Commissioner Thaneswar Malakar and Superintendent of Police Sunil Kumar also attended the meeting.
Talking to this correspondent soon after the meeting, Singh said several crucial aspects of law and order and the security scenario of the entire BTAD were discussed. He said the law-and-order situation was by and large satisfactory as security had been tightened.
Singh informed that the entire BTAD area was brought under a tight security cover in view of the ensuing BTC election, adding that adequate security forces were being deployed.
He further said that the Central government was ready to provide every possible help to ensure a free and fair BTC election.
The Union Joint Secretary also suggested to the officials of various security forces to be more people-centric and act promptly to resolve their problems if any.
Singh also revealed that operation against the NDFB(S) and other outfits active in the region had been intensified and would be continued. He appealed to all sections of people to extend their cooperation in maintaining peace in the area.
During his brief visit, Singh was accompanied by Ashok Prasad, Special Secretary Internal Security, Ministry of Home Affairs, SN Singh, State IGP Law & Order and Kishore Jha, Additional DG CRPF.
The BTC election has put the security forces on high alert as there is a fear that the militants might try to disrupt it.