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AASU plans fresh agitation on influx

Guwahati, July 9: Dispur has not taken any steps to make the second line of defence fully operational to protect the state’s borders with Bangladesh from infiltrators, despite its commitment to implement all the clauses of the Assam Accord.

The second line of defence comprises state police personnel as a backup to the Border Security Force (BSF). Sources disclosed that bureaucratic hurdles have ensured that the process did not move forward.

Sources in the home department said in 1999 the state police had submitted a detailed plan to raise the 1,000-men strong force as a backup to the BSF, as it was one of the conditions of the accord signed in 1985.

According to the proposal, 28 border outposts and three tactical headquarters were to be set up in the Dhubri, Cachar and Karimganj sectors to be manned by the state’s border force to be raised from among the ex-servicemen.

After sitting on the proposal for about two years, the government in 2002-03 constructed only 12 temporary border outposts (BOPs) and two tactical headquarters.

With the proposal now gathering dust at the PWD department, various vigilante groups like the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) was forced to don the mantle of border police to prevent the influx of illegal immigrants.

Announcing its agitation itinerary, the AASU said it would declare a “war cry” across the state on Saturday by blowing conch shells as three years have expired since the repeal of the Illegal Migrants (Determination by Tribunal) Act.

On July 15, the students’ union will hold organisational meetings across the state to revamp its units for the ensuing agitation.

On July 25, it will organise citizens’ meet to create awareness on the government’s failure to implement the Assam Accord.

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