With just more than two hours left for the publication of the final draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC), heavy security “bundobast” has been lines up across the state.
The State and Central governments are leaving nothing to chance on the law and order front. Assam Director General of Police Kuladhar Saikia had earlier warned that if anybody tried to break law, they will be dealt with severely.
The final draft of the NRC will be released today at 10 am.
“I also urge people to be aware of various miscreants spreading rumors and hate through inflammatory messages. Strong action will be taken against those caught spreading hatred, rumors and fake news,” said chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal.
A prohibitory order under Section 144 of CrPC has been imposed in seven districts of Assam-barpeta, Darrang, Dima Hasao, Sonitpur, Karimganj, Golaghat and Dhubri.
On the other hand, Guwahati has been divided into eight zones and 19 sub-zones. Each zone will be under one ACP-rank officer and the sub-zones will be monitored by an inspector-level officer. This was informed by City police Commissioner Hiren Chandra Nath.
Nath also informed that an Assistant Commandant-level officer from the paramilitary will assist the ACPs in the eight zones. “The security personnel will be in touch with the magistrates so that in case of any incident, the three agencies can respond jointly,” he said.
Apart from the patrolling teams, fixed pickets will be up in at least 22 ‘sensitive’ locations near the 22 NRC Seva Kendras across Guwahati. Nath informed that the Commando teams will also be on standby mode at strategic locations.
It may be noted that the Union Home Ministry has rushed over 22,000 Central paramilitary troops to ensure peace and maintenance of law and order in Assam.
The largest contingent among the forces is from Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) with 53 companies followed by Sashatra Seema Bal (41), Border Security Force (40), Indo-Tibetan Border police (27), central industrial Security Force (20) and Railway Protection Force (5). A total of 34 companies of the Special Auxiliary police are also being sent, as per the Ministry of Home Affairs.
About 105 Central Armed Forces (CAPF) companies are being rotated and utilized for law and order duties from within Assam. One company of paramilitary comprises 100 personnel.
The Minister of Home Affairs has advised the Assam Government that no action should be initiated by the administration or the police based on the draft NRC.
On the other hand, to maintain maximum vigil, the leave and training of officers in Assam Police have been cancelled till August 15. The Chief Secretary of Assam, TY Das has issued an order last week stating that in view of the publication of draft NRC on Monday and forthcoming Independence Day, the leave and training of all officers of the IAS, ACS, IPS, APS, ALRS, all police officers and other ranks of police, other officers and staff of District establishments and SPs offices has been cancelled upto August 15.
Meanwhile, fearing an influx of illegal migrants in the run-up to and post-publication of the complete draft NRC, the governments in Nagaland, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura and Sikkim have asked the administrations to increase vigil along the bordering areas.