Assam put on high alert in wake of ULFA’s 12hr bandh call

June 25th, 2009 - 12:26 pm ICT by ANI  

Guwahati June 25 (ANI): Security has been beefed up in Assam, in wake of the 12 hour “Asom bandh” called by the United liberation Front of Assam (ULFA) today.

The banned ULFA has called for dawn-to-dusk bandh to protest against the alleged “fake encounter” by the security forces in which two of its cadres were killed on Sunday.
According to sources special security arrangements have been made and the State Government has directed normal functioning of all its offices.
Guwahati has been put on high alert, with intensive patrolling and checking of vehicles been carried out at sensitive places like airport, railway station, bus stations, and industrial areas.

Strict vigil has been put at the Kamakhya Temple where a four-day Ambubachi Mela is happening and lakhs of devotees are expected to partake in this mela.
However, the ULFA said it will not disturb the examinations of schools and colleges, water and milk supply, hospitals and medical services, electric supply and the press.
Security forces have launched intensive operations against the militants in this northeastern state in recent past, killing more than 20 ultra of National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) and few others belonging to the ULFA. (ANI)

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