Security preparations for R-Day reviewed, vigil to be sharpened at Indo-Bangla and inter-state borders
OUR STAFF REPORTER
GUWAHATI, Jan 11: A strategic group meeting of the Unified Command Structure held on Wednesday focused on increasing activities of Jamaat-ul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) and other insurgent groups in Assam.
The security meet discussed about tightening vigil across the State in view of forthcoming Republic Day, as well as steps to boost security along the India-Bangladesh border in the State.
It may be mentioned that close to 40 cadres and linkmen of JMB have been nabbed in different parts of Assam in the last few years. Some of the apprehended cadres have been linked with the Burdwan blast case.
According to South Asia Terrorism Portal (SATP), the JMB was formed in 1998 in Jamalpur district of Bangladesh by Shaikh Abdur Rahman. The JMB opposes the political system of Bangladesh and seeks to build a society based on Islamic model. The outfit has been on a terror spree in western and south-western Bangladesh. Its major targets are members of the judiciary, public figures, intellectuals, minority groups, liberals and activists.
In Wednesday’s meeting, Home Ministry Joint Secretary Satyendra Garg was present along with Assam Chief Secretary VK Pipersania, Home Commissioner LS Changsan and top officials of other security agencies including the Indian Army.
After the meeting, DGP Mukesh Sahay told The Sentinel that the security establishment in the State will not take any chances with January 26 round the corner. “In today’s meeting, we held detailed discussion on the activities of JMB and other insurgent groups in Assam. All security agencies have been put on high alert for approaching Republic Day.”
The security meet also discussed capacity building of security forces, use of modern technology in counter-insurgency operations, and militant activities along the Assam-Nagaland, Assam-Meghalaya and Assam-Arunachal Pradesh borders.