Source: News Bharati English08 Aug 2016 10:42:25

Guwahati, August 8: After the recent attack by militants of the anti-talk faction of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Sunday reviewed the situation and chaired a strategy group meeting of the Unified Command at the Kokrajhar Circuit House. During the meeting, Sonowal directed the police, the Army, the Central Reserve Police Force and other para-military forces to sternly deal with the situation after the terror attack.

"Vigil should be stepped up to foil the sinister designs of anti-national forces," Sonowal said and appealed to the people to remain alert to nip in the bud the nefarious designs of these forces and to maintain peace and harmony at any cost. He also urged the Centre to deploy 75 companies of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF), which were withdrawn from the state after the April assembly elections.Sonowal was accompanied with cabinet ministers Rihan Daimary, Atul Bora, Pallab Lachan Das. Later, he had a meeting with the BTC leaders and also held a high level security meeting with senior officials from administration, police, army and others at Circuit House in Kokrajhar. CM Sonowal interacted with victim family members who were lost their dear ones in the firing.

Sonowal said the direct involvement of the NDFB faction in the terror attack had been unearthed after security forces received vital information. The Chief Minister also directed civil and police administration to be on high alert in the run-up to Independence Day on August 15 and to beef up security to thwart sinister designs of anti-national forces. He directed deputy commissioners and Superintendents of Police to hold security review meetings and nagrik samiti meetings and to take all precautionary and preventive measures to avoid any untoward incident.

The Chief Minister also met the family members of those killed in the NDFB action and conveyed his heartfelt condolences. Meanwhile, the situation is under control now in Kokrajhar as security forces intensified operation against the NDFB(S). Three additional companies have been deployed in Kokrajhar to stop recurrence of violence.