Security forces deployed in Assam in the wake of ethnic clashes have been asked not to open fire and use only non-lethal weapons to contain violence. The Central Reserve Police Force,which has the highest number of men among the Central armed forces posted in Assam following the unrest,has ordered for rubber bullets to help control the situation.
The situation is volatile. We have sent thousands of rubber bullets to our forces as we do not want them to use lethal weapons that would aggravate the problem. Our men have been advised to show restraint and not open fire on the protesters, said Ajit Kulsreshtha,Inspector General,CRPF,Assam.
A combined team of CRPF,Border Security Force and Sashastra Seema Bal have been posted in disturbed areas of lower Assam to assist the police.
Security officials said there was no credible intelligence input about any kind of planned attack in the area and most of the violence reported was a result of hate crime. The CRPF said most of the killings were being done with the help of farming tools.
Following the state governments request,the Ministry of Home Affairs sent additional forces to Assam. The moment the MHA received a request from the state government,forces were immediately sent there. In fact,we had to airlift some men posted in Jharkhand and send them to Assam on a priority basis, said a senior CRPF official.
The CRPF,which has been posted at strategic locations around relief camps and villages said inhospitable terrain and extreme weather conditions were making patrolling tough for them.
We have sent a good number of tear gas shells in case of any kind of emergency. We have posted our men also at railway stations that might become a point for protests, said the officer.