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Ulfa threat prods more security

Jorhat, Dec. 5: The personal security of Upper Assam MLAs and overall security scenario in the region have been reviewed in the wake of allegations of extortion threats by the Paresh Barua faction of Ulfa to four legislators.

Rupjyoti Kurmi (Mariani), Debabrata Saikia (Nazira), Bolin Chetia (Sadiya) and Dilip Moran (Doomdooma) claimed to have received extortion notes. While Kurmi, Saikia and Chetia are Congress MLAs, Moran is from the BJP.

Upper Assam commissioner S.I. Hussain today said here that senior police officers of the districts had reviewed the security arrangements in five districts following complaints by the MLAs to police.

Hussain said the police had reviewed security cover of the MLAs and steps had been taken to thwart any possible attack on them.

He said the MLAs had been sensitised on tips to be followed while being out of their houses. All police stations in the districts have been asked to be extra cautious during the visits of the MLAs to their respective constituencies.

The official said the MLAs had been asked to change their travel routes and keep in touch with the police. He said the police on Sunday arrested two persons in Tinsukia for allegedly making extortion demands to Moran, the MLA from Doomdooma.

Tinsukia deputy commissioner S.S. Meenakshi Sundaram said a meeting with senior officers of police, army, and central police force was held today in Tinsukia to discuss the security scenario and measures were being adopted to counter threats from insurgent groups.