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Security up in Goalpara

Goalpara, July 24: Security has been beefed up in Goalpara district of lower Assam after yesterday’s IED explosion in front of Krishnai police station that killed one person and injured four others, including a 13-year-old boy.

An additional group of security forces was deployed in the Krishnai area, police said.

Fifty-year-old Mazibor Rahman, a tea stall owner, died in the blast on Wednesday morning. The blast spot is about 35km from here and around 115km from Guwahati.

According to Goalpara police, a group of six Ulfa cadres led by Drishti Rajkhowa has sneaked into the district. Sources here apprehend that the group might create trouble in the district ahead of Independence Day. Goalpara superintendent of police Nitul Gogoi, however, refused to comment.

Parliamentary secretary of home affairs Atuwa Munda visited Rahman’s house at Paikan today. He met the victim’s wife and assured her of Rs 8 lakh as compensation. “I have come here on the chief minister’s order. He has taken the matter very seriously. So he sent me,” Munda said.

Additional director general of police A.P. Raut also rushed to Krishnai today to review the law and order situation of the district. After visiting the spot he sat with the high officials of district police administration and discussed security issues.

The Krishnai Rural Development Demand Committee, an NGO, demanded immediate transfer of the staff of Krishnai police station.

“The lives of the people are not safe in the hands of present staff of Krishnai police station. The incident took place near the police station. If they cannot protect their own place how will they protect the people of the area? So we demand an immediate transfer of the present staff of the police station,” said Atifur Rahman, president of the NGO.

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