GUWAHATI, March 8 - Police and security personnel reinforcements have been sent to the areas considered vulnerable to prevent any untoward incident following the attack on the office of the All Assam Students� Union (AASU) in Silapathar in Dhemaji district. Meanwhile, the prime accused of the incident is yet to be nabbed and police is on the lookout for him.
The Special Director General of police, Law and Order, Kula Saikia told The Assam Tribune that all possible precautionary measures have been taken to prevent any conflict between linguistic groups following the Silapathar incident, which caused widespread repercussion all over the State.
Saikia said that instructions have been issued to all the district police forces to keep close watch on the situation and to improve the intelligence network. The district police forces have been directed to identify the vulnerable areas and increase police and security presence in such areas. Police officers are asked to hold talks to people of different groups to ensure that peace and harmony is maintained between all sections of people.
The Special DG said that all the police and security forces have been asked to take strict action against anyone found to be involved in unlawful activities. He said that so far, eleven persons have been arrested in connection with the Silapathar incident. However, the prime accused Subodh Biswas is still at large and police is on the lookout for him. The allegation against Biswas is that he was responsible for instigating the people to resort to acts of violence.
Security sources said the district administration and police failed to apprehend the situation on Monday. A little known organization arranged for a rally and even took permission from the administration to do so. According to inputs available, Biswas, who stays in Nagpur, hails from West Bengal, but it is still not known whether he managed to escape from the State or hiding somewhere in Assam only.
Sources said that the provocative messages in social media in the aftermath of the Silapathar incident may also flare up the situation and there is need for keeping a watch on the cyber space.
Meanwhile, an all-party delegation led by Deputy Speaker Dilip Kumar Paul is on a two-day visit to clash-hit Silapathar from today. The members of the delegation are Keshab Mahanta, Ashok Sarma, Numal Momin, Kamalakhya Dey Purukayastha, Pradeep Hazarika, Mamun Imdadul Haque Choudhury, Kamalsing Narzary and Bhubon Pegu.