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Security meet in BTAD

Kokrajhar, Feb. 6: A meeting of the operations group of the Unified Command was held today at the circuit house in Kokrajhar to discuss the overall security situation in the region.

The meeting in Kokrajhar came in the wake of deteriorating law and order in the BTAD and neighbouring Sonitpur district where militant groups have been carrying out subversive activities and killings.

The meeting was held under the aegis of Tezpur-based 4 Corps and was presided over by GOC Lt Gen. A.K. Ahuja, chairman, operations group of the Unified Command.

All members of the group comprising army officers of 3 and 4 Corps, senior functionaries of the state, including commissioner and secretary (home and political) G.D. Tripathi, director-generals of police of Assam and Meghalaya, representatives of Arunachal Pradesh, senior officers of paramilitary forces and various agencies held the meeting in Kokrajhar for the first time.

The group usually holds meetings in Guwahati.

Talking to reporters after the meeting, Assam DGP Khagen Sarma termed today’s meeting “a periodic one”.

He said the meeting was held to review the overall security situation and recent acts of violence unleashed by militant groups. It resolved to initiate strong measures against them to bring peace and harmony.

“The situation in the BTAD and Sonitpur area, including the overall strategy of operations against the militant groups were discussed.”

Sarma affirmed that operations against militant groups would be successful.

Lt Gen. Ahuja said “operations group has decided to hold a meeting and the security forces were here to discuss the operation strategy”.

A senior police officer who was present at the meeting said the area (BTAD and its neighbouring areas) is being used by NDFB (S) and various other outfits, including the KLO and Ulfa (I).