Over 120 companies of paramilitary forces deploy in Assam polls

Over 120 companies of paramilitary forces deploy in Assam polls

Agency News

Guwahati, Apr 1: More than 120 companies of paramilitary forces have been deployed in Assam for election-related duties, Assam director general of police Kuladhar Saikia said here today.

“Additional 33 companies from outside the state have come for the elections. We already had 90 companies of central forces in the state. And all these companies are being engaged in poll-related duties, along with our own state forces,” he said, addressing a press conference at the Assam Police headquarter here.

He said the central forces have been provided as per the request of the state, adding that the security forces engaged in National Register of Citizens (NRC) updating process have not been touched.

Claiming complete preparedness for the three-phased Lok Sabha polls for 14 seats in the state, beginning from April 11 next, Saikia said, “All arrangements have been made as per Election Commission of India guidelines. We are ready to handle any situation.”

He further said vulnerability mapping is being done in a dynamic process, and security patrolling and vigilance have been tightened in the vulnerable hamlets or areas.

Special watch is being kept along inter-state borders, with the DGP in regular coordination with his counterparts of the neighbouring states.

“There was an Operations Group for upper Assam recently. Checking at railway stations on borders, ‘nakabandi’ (check-posts) at borders, joint police operations, if needed, are being undertaken at the borders,” Saikia added.

The DGP also said monitoring of social media was being done at the district-level and no serious matter of cyber crime relating to election has come to light so far.

Giving details on licensed fire-arms deposited, ADGP (Law and Order) Mukesh Agarwala said the process to collect such fire-arms was started from February one and till date, over 20,000 licensed fire-arms have been deposited so far.

There are about 25,000 licensed fire-arms in the state, he added.

“Moreover, 32 arms have been seized since declaration of the elections on March 10,” he said.

Regarding execution of Non-Bailable Warrants, Agarwala said more than 6,300 have been executed since February 1 last. (UNI)