| A policeman checks a biker at Chandmari in Guwahati on Saturday. Picture by UB Photos |
Jan. 25: Security has been tightened across the Northeast on the eve of Republic Day, with several militant organisations calling a boycott of the celebrations tomorrow.
The Jorhat district adminstration has temporarily suspended the implementation of Section 144 CrPC from 5am to 6pm tomorrow.
The Union ministry of home affairs has also sent an advisory to all the northeastern states specifying the preventive measures to be adopted. In Tripura, some militant groups, including the banned NLFT, have called for a boycott of the Republic Day celebrations, along with a warning about possible disruption of festivities in different parts of the state.
The main programme tomorrow will begin at the Assam Rifles ground in Agartala where Tripura governor Debananda Konwar will receive a gun salute from the security forces.
“Several plainclothes policemen have also been deployed across the state to prevent any untoward incident,” said Nepal Chandra Das, IGP (police control).
The NLFT, United Liberation Front of Assam (Independent), National Democratic Front of Bodoland (Songbijit), Hynneiwtrep Liberation Council, Kamtapur Liberation Organisation and a few Manipur-based groups have called for the boycott.
The Northeast Frontier Railway has also rescheduled train services between Agartala-Lumding and Agartala-Silchar on security grounds. Assam Police have sounded a high alert following intelligence agencies’ reports about possible terror strikes. Director-general of police Khagen Sarma said the police are ready to thwart such threats. From the streets of the Guwahati to every corner of the state, security forces are seen keeping strict vigil.
The playground of College of Veterinary Science at Khanapara in Guwahati, the venue of the central Republic Day function, is under tight vigil. Assam governor J.B. Patnaik will unfurl the national flag at Khanapara at 9am tomorrow. Chief minister Tarun Gogoi and other VIPs will be present. Security in lower Assam districts, including Dhubri, has also been tightened. The Republic Day function will be held at Raja Prabhat Chandra Barua Maidan in Dhubri. Similar functions have been organised in other Lower Assam districts.
Last night. an unidentified militant was killed in an encounter with the police on National highway 37 in Goalpara.
The slain militant was suspected to be involved in the abduction of one Gautam Ghose of Krishnai, a police source said.