Security has been beefed up in Upper Assam in view of “threats to disrupt” Independence Day celebrations by various militant groups.
The Assam Government considers the recent arrest of ULFA cadres and linkman in Tinsukia and Dibrugarh districts in Upper Assam as “serious”, and their subsequent statements that they were on a mission to disrupt the I-Day celebration in the region.
In order to prevent any eventuality, Assam Police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel have been deployed in all the sensitive areas in Upper Assam.
In Jorhat, police and CRPF personnel are conducting round-the-clock naka checking in town and on highways.
Besides night patrolling, police are conducting search operations in all vulnerable areas regularly in order to avoid any attempt to sabotage the I-Day celebration by any militant group.
The government last Wednesday claimed that there is no proposal at present to hold talks with Assam-based outfits – Paresh Barua-led ULFA or NDFB(S), as they have engaged in violent activities.
During the Question Hour in Rajya Sabha, Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju emphasised that the government is open to talks with all insurgent groups which are “sincere” in their intention to give up arms and join the mainstream.
Responding to a specific query relating to some groups in the Northeast, Rijiju said there is no question of talks with National Democratic Front of Bodoland (S) as it was involved in an incident in December 2014 in which innocent people were killed.
Speaking about Paresh Barua-led faction of ULFA, he said there was no formal offer at present for talks with the group and also added that its members were engaging in violent activities which are “anti-national”.