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Security to be beefed up in Assam for Christmas and Bihu

K Anurag in Guwahati | December 15, 2008 22:24 IST

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The security forces in Assam have decided to beef up security throughout the state after receiving intelligence inputs about militants' design to carry out attacks during Christmas and harvest festival Bihu.

The General-Officer-Commanding of the 4th Corps, Lieutenant-General B S Jaswal, who heads the counter insurgency operation under the unified command in Assam,chaired a security review meeting at the headquarter of the Red Horn division of the Army at Rangiya to work out specific counter insurgency strategy during the winter festivities.

The meeting was also attended by Major General Chander Prakash, the GOC of the Rangiya based Red Horn division that is responsible for counter-insurgency operation in Lower Assam areas.

A defence source informed that a large number of intelligence inputs were received by the Army about the United Liberation Front of Asom and other terrorist groups plans to strike during the forthcoming festive season.

The force had thwarted the ultras' design by recovering 16 bombs and improvised explosive devices from different parts of the state during last month.

The intensified operation by the Army in the lower Assam areas after the October 30 serial blasts resulted in the death of two terrorists and arrest of 130 ultras and their sympathizers, while ten terrorists surrendered during that period.

Meanwhile, the Assam government has announced that it has given a free hand to the Army and the police to operate against militants sans any interference, without causing harassment to innocent people.






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