Operational Group reviews law-and-order, security tightened in all railway stations

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GUWAHATI, Aug 9:The operational group of Unified Command headquarters reviewed the security situation of Assam in the run up to the Independence Day celebration at Narengi Cantonment here Friday.

The operational group meeting was chaired by GOC, Gajraj Corps, Lt Gen Manoj Pande and was attended by Assam director general of police (DGP) Kuladhar Saikia, commissioner & secretary (home & political) Ashutosh Agnihotri IAS, IGP (SB) Hiren Nath, additional director SIB (MHA) Tapan Kumar Deka. representatives from other security agencies like BSF, CRPF and SSB also attended the meeting.

“A review of the prevailing security situation in the entire Northeast in general and Assam in particular was carried out during the meeting. The meeting also brought to light the requirement to take proactive measures to avoid any adverse law & order situation in the wake of recent developments over Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, ST Bill and other contentious issues,” a defence spokesperson here said.

All the issues covering flood relief measures, intelligence, law & order and the CI/CT operations were deliberated upon and plans formulated to ensure an incident free conduct of the Independence Day celebrations, he said.

In Assam, due to the ongoing insurgency, the Unified Headquarters mechanism was established in early 90’s wherein, the Strategy Group functions under chief secretary and the operational group is headed by the Tezpur based GOC of 4 Corps.

While strategic issues are deliberated upon in the former, the latter is responsible for formulating and streamlining the conduct of CI/CT Operations at the operational and tactical level. The smooth and efficient functioning of both these groups has resulted in overall improvement and stabilization of the CI/CT situation in the state of Assam.

Meanwhile, security of all major railway stations, including Guwahati has been beefed up considerably by NF Railway in view of the coming Independence Day celebration. “Co-ordination meeting with GRP, civil police, and Intelligence agencies, railway / civil administration have been held with the chief secretary & DGP at zonal and divisional level,” a spokesperson of NF Railway here said.

“Instructions have already been issued to remain alert. All major stations are being guarded by respective state police personnel and other security agencies,” he said.

“To improve the overall security some measures have been taken like; track patrolling in vulnerable stretches/sections by motor trolleys or on foot by GRP/RPF and railway staff. Random frisking of passengers and luggage with the help of hand metal detectors, baggage scanners is being carried out. Anti-sabotage checking with the help of sniffer dogs at stations, trains, platforms etc is being undertaken. Security of railway stations, especially entry and exit area are being monitored to control the access,” he also said.

Round the clock monitoring by CCTV of all vulnerable areas is also being done. Important mail/express and passenger trains are being escorted by RPF/RPSF or GRP on random basis. Gazetted officers are conducting night checking at stations, yard to supervise alertness and other precautionary measures.

In addition to above, instructions have been issued to concerned departments to frequently check the dustbins, Cloak rooms, parcels, parking area etc. Interactive sessions with the coolies, vendors, taxi/auto rickshaw drivers have been organised to brief them to keep watch over suspicious persons and article. Frequent announcements through public announcement systems are also being made to create security alertness among the passengers, he added.

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