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Assam: Oil India Limited on high alert after Assam police intel

Security has been beefed up in Oil India Limited (OIL) following an intel received from Assam police on the possibility of an attack on its vital installations and kidnapping of officials in upper Assam by insurgent groups.

An emergency security review meeting was called by top OIL officials to discuss about the possible threat to OIL installations.

During the emergency security review meeting, all executives and employees of the public sector company have been directed to follow the standard operating procedure (SOP) and instructions as the alert was of a “serious” nature. Moreover, the movement during evening and night hours of officials and employees has been restricted including official or personal. Any urgent movement during the said hours has to be informed to the security department.

The intelligence inputs shared by the state police come in the backdrop of a mass recruitment drive by the banned Ulfa (Independent).

OIL spokesperson Tridiv Hazarika said that an emergency security meeting was held on May 17 at OIL’s field headquarters in Duliajan in wake of the development. The meeting chaired by officiating OIL Resident Chief Executive Anfor Ali Haque was attended by heads of various departments, representatives of administration and security, CISF, and AISF among others.

“We have received an intelligence input from Assam police warning us about the possibility of insurgent groups targeting vital installations and kidnapping officials in upper Assam. Accordingly, an internal security review meeting was held on Wednesday and several decisions were taken considering the recent security alert,” Hazarika said.

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