GUWAHATI, April 10 - Elaborate security arrangements have been made to ensure peaceful second round of polls in the lower Assam districts, while security along the international border with Bangladesh has also been beefed up to prevent any anti-India element from sneaking into the State to create disturbance during the elections.
Highly placed security sources told The Assam Tribune that following the recent blast in the Dudhnoi market, in which three persons were killed, security measures along the Assam-Meghalaya border areas have been intensified to prevent movement of militants. Sources said that according to intelligence inputs, a few members of the ULFA(I) have been moving around in the Assam-Meghalaya border areas with the help of Garo militant outfits. The Meghalaya Police has also launched an offensive against the militants following a request by the Assam Police, keeping the ultras on the run.
Sources admitted that the Assam-Bangladesh border area is always considered vulnerable, but deployment of the Border Security Force (BSF) has been increased and the border guarding personnel have been kept on the alert.
The Bodoland Territorial Autonomous Districts (BTAD) area has a history of election related violence and adequate precautionary measures have already been taken. Security sources revealed that the NDFB(S) militants are on the run and they are trying to avoid security personnel. Under the circumstances, the security agencies are not apprehending any trouble from the militants. However, the possibility of clashes between supporters of rival parties in the area cannot be ruled out and security deployment in the areas considered vulnerable has been increased.
Sources said that relocation of the additional forces sent to the State for the election following the first phase of polls in upper Assam districts and Barak Valley has been completed and there should not be any shortage of force to deal with any untoward incident. All the polling parties would be escorted back to the strong rooms by personnel of the Central forces along with those from the Assam Police.