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Centre may send addl security forces if needed: Assam DGP

Security assessed in districts ahead of complete NRC draft publication

GUWAHATI: The Centre might consider sending more security forces to Assam if required for maintaining law and order in the wake of the publication of the complete draft of National Register of Citizens on June 30.

This was informed by Assam DGP, Kuladhar Saikia when asked whether additional central companies would be sent to the state.

“Eight-five companies were sent for maintaining law and order last time (first NRC draft on December 31). So if the districts intimate us about any requirement the same would be conveyed to the Centre who might consider sending more companies,” Saikia told reporters at the DGP headquarters here on Wednesday evening.

Meanwhile, a high-level delegation comprising Assam government officials and police officers visited Darrang district on Wednesday and took stock of the law and order and internal security situation in three districts – Darrang, Udalguri and Sonitpur ahead of the publication of the complete NRC draft.

The team led by chief secretary TY Das comprised additional chief secretary (home) Alok Kumar, State DGP Kuladhar Saikia, Special DGP (Special Branch) Assam, Pallab Bhattacharyya and IGP (law and order) Deepak Kumar

 

The deputy commissioners, superintendents of police and senior officers of police, Army and other central armed police forces engaged in the districts took part in the discussion.

 

Apart from issues relating to internal security and emerging law and order situation, the facilities available in respect of claims and objections besides challenges ahead were discussed threadbare.

 

This was the third meeting by the high powered team which will also visit the remaining districts of Assam before the final NRC draft is published.

 

Asked whether any sensitive areas were identified, Saikia said there were sensitive areas in all the districts and that they were being “dynamically checked” and categorized in three groups depending upon how vulnerable and sensitive they were. “A plan will be formulated thereafter for action and maintenance of law and order,” he said.

 

The final NRC would be ready by December 31, 2018 after consideration of claims in case of non-inclusion in the NRC and objections against any persons who may not be eligible but whose names have been included.

 

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