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Security beefed up ahead of R-day celebrations

By Correspondent

SHILLONG, Jan 23 � Meghalaya police have put in adequate measures ahead of Republic Day celebrations following the 24-hour bandh called by the banned Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC). The HNLC has called for a 24-hour shutdown from 6 pm of January 25 to 6 pm of January 26 across the six districts of Khasi-Jaintia hills region in Meghalaya. East Khasi Hills SP, M Kharkrang said that extra police force have been deployed in Khasi Jaintia Hills ahead of the RD celebrations to ensure peace and security.

On the other hand, Home Ministry officials have placed the entire region on high alert following inputs of terrorist strike during the National Day celebrations. At least four militant outfits have called for the boycott of RD celebrations.

These outfits include United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA), the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB), the Kamatapur Liberation Organisation and Coordination Committee (CorCom.)

Meanwhile, the State police in Meghalaya have sought the assistance of the Border Security Force to thwart any attempt of militants sneaking into the country from Bangladesh. �Such coordination is always sought from the BSF to assist the police,� Kharkrang said.

Similar assistance is being sought from the Assam Rifles, Indo-Tibetan Border Police and the CRPF by different State Governments to assist their respective police forces in the region for maintenance of peace and security, Home Ministry officials said.

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