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Dhubri cops prepare for I-Day

Dhubri, July 25: Dhubri superintendent of police Mridulanada Sarma today expressed concern over the presence of Ulfa leader Drishti Rajkhowa in Goalpara district bordering Dhubri and three KLO militants along the Assam-Bengal inter-state border.

The SP, however, sounded confident about the preparedness and elaborate security arrangement to foil any attempt by militant groups in the run-up to Independence Day.

Sarma was briefing newspersons on the prevailing law and order situation in Dhubri district at his official chamber.

Replying to a question on the recent rise in abductions and killing of non-Garo people of Dhubri district in Garo hills by the Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) and other militant groups, Sarma said he had taken up the matter with the civil and police administration of Garo hills districts.

“They assured me of all possible co-operation. But incidents are still taking place and even last night one person was killed in Tura. We are really worried about the law and order situation prevailing there,” he added.

On the kidnapping racket in Dhubri, Sarma said it was a well-knit network connecting Dhubri, Lakhipur in Goalpara district and Garo hills in Meghalaya. He said some persons of Dhubri district were involved in abduction cases in Guwahati. Last night, Rafiqul Islam, 31, of Aironjongla village, on the outskirts of Dhubri town, was arrested by Guwahati police.

Expressing dissatisfaction over publication of “distorted” news against police, he appealed to the media to crosscheck facts before filing reports. He claimed that incidents of abduction had drastically come down in the district in last few months because of strong action byt he police.