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Security beefed up for R-Day celebrations

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Jan 24 � Elaborate security arrangements have been made to ensure peaceful celebration of the Republic Day following inputs that the ULFA (Independent) is trying to indulge in acts of violence to make its presence felt.

Security sources told The Assam Tribune that there have been inputs about the ULFA(I) making attempts to make its presence felt. A few cadres of the outfit are in Mon district of Nagaland and they would try their best to sneak into the State to indulge in acts of violence. At the same time, the group, which is in lower Assam under the leadership of Drishti Rajkhowa, is also trying to indulge in acts of violence.

However, sources asserted that at the present moment, the ULFA(I) is not in a strong position to create much trouble. The outfit can only try to plant one or two improvised explosive devices to make its presence felt. The outfit may also try to engage hired persons or sympathisers to plant IEDs as it had done earlier.

Despite the dwindling strength of the ULFA(I), the police and security forces are not taking any chances and elaborate security arrangements have been made and the venues of the celebrations have been sensitised. The outfit is desperate to make its presence felt as the flow of funds has also come down and people are not willing to pay the amounts demanded by it.

Sources further said the NDFB(S) is in total disarray, following the massive crackdown launched against it and there is very little chance of any member of the outfit indulging in any major act of violence during the Republic Day celebrations. The crackdown almost broke the backbone of all the four commands of the outfit and at least 67 hardcore cadres have been arrested, and over 40 sympathisers picked up. The senior leaders, including the commander-in-chief of the outfit, G Bidai, are also on the run and the forces do not foresee any trouble from the outfit in coming days.

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