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Assam: Security beefs up ahead of Independence Day celebrations

Ahead of the 75th Independence Day celebration, security has been beefed up in Assam to thwart any kind of eventualities.

Assam Special Director General of Police Law and Order GP Singh said the state police is working hard to handle any law and order situation created by the United Liberation of Assam-Independent (ULFA-I).

Talking to media persons, GP Singh said, “Looking into the preparations for the Independence Day and security concerns following ULFA-I’s call for a bandh on Independence Day. The oil sector, pipeline, tea garden areas, and linguistic minority-dominated areas of the district have been targeted earlier by the banned outfit, hence we are looking into it so that no stone is left unturned in the security preparedness for the upcoming Independence Day celebrations. We hope that no untoward situation arises in Assam as the state is progressing towards a new horizon,”.

It may be mentioned here that the banned outfit, ULFA-I along with two other insurgent groups had given a boycott call to the Independence Day celebrations and a bandh starting from August 14 midnight till 6 pm of August 15.

ULFA-I led by Paresh Baruah had decided not to call for a bandh last year on the occasion of Independence Day.

In a statement mentioning the boycott call, the banned militant outfits said, “India has no sovereign right whatsoever to unfurl her freedom flag in the WESEA region, including Indian-occupied Kashmir, while our land and people are reeling under her brutal military occupation for the last 75 years. Under the present circumstances it is politically and historically illegal and unjust for India to continue celebrating its pretentious Independence Day in our land,” the statement read.

It further stated that “India’s political and military aggression and greed has transformed the once peaceful region into a killing zone.”

“In our long struggle for political freedom and to protect our way of life, our people have suffered tremendous atrocities in the hands of the Indian authorities. Hence, the illegal occupation is an act of aggression which is a violation of international laws,” the statement read.

On the other hand, security has been tightened in the upper Assam area to thwart any kind of sabotage. Ulfa-I has been active in upper Assam Tinsukia district and every year during Independence Day and Republic Day celebration they try to sabotage the celebration but due to the presence of security forces in the region, they failed in their attempt.

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