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Games security will be foolproof: Duggal
K Anurag in Guwahati | January 04, 2007 20:23 IST
There will be special deployment for paramilitary forces to facilitate foolproof security for the forth coming National Games to be held here under the shadow of a threat from the banned United Liberation Front of Assam.
Union Home Secretary V K Duggal Thursday asserted that the forthcoming 33rd National Games would be held in Guwahati sans any hitch or disruption under adequate security arrangement.
The official was here for a day-long tour to review the reviewing security arrangements for the games to be held in Assam for the first time from February 9 to 18.
After attending a series of review meeting with Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and other top officials, Duggal told the media that there was no plan to deploy the army for the games.
"Sufficient companies of central para-military force personnel will be deployed in Guwahati to make the mega sports event safe and smooth as possible but the government has no plan to handover the games to the army," Duggal said.
"We have noticed the threat issued by the ULFA to the National Games. But I hope this threat is not serious. Even then, we have to remain prepared," Duggal said.
He said the government would take every possible step possible to ensure that the games will be peaceful. Over 12,000 sportspersons and officials from all over the country are expected to gather in Guwahati for the games.
The union home secretary also dismissed as 'unfounded' a recent ULFA allegation that New Delhi lacked in sincerity in finding a peaceful solution to the Assam problem.
"I have been associated with this peace process for over two years now. I have been interacting with the ULFA-nominated People's Consultative Group members as well as a lot of other people on the issue of talks. The straight-talking of the government should not be mistaken for insincerity," he said.