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As June 30 nears, security vigil gets keener

NRC UPDATE

GUWAHATI, May 29: With the crucial date June 30 – the day when the second and final draft NRC is going to be published – nearing, security forces in the State are on their toes as they lose sleep over the frenzy as anticipated in the State. The second and final draft NRC will be published on June 30 and is going to be the prototype of the final NRC to be prepared and published. The day, therefore, assumes tremendous significance.
However, there are intelligence inputs that some elements in the State may foment trouble after the publication of the second and final draft NRC. Highly placed sources in the State police force say that there were such sensitive intelligence inputs during the publication of the first part NRC draft on the expiry of the midnight of December 31, 2017. The sources, however, claim that the massive security arrangement in the State at that time was instrumental in foiling such moves. The first part draft on the NRC has the names of 1.90 crore of the 3.29 crore NRC applicants in the State.
The security agencies deployed in the State have already identified some vulnerable pockets – mostly in the Barak Valley and the lower Assam from Koliabor onwards – where certain sections may trigger trouble. According to intelligence sources, the situation in such vulnerable areas and the activities of certain organizations there are being assessed. These days the security agencies get into a huddle quite frequently to devise ways and means to face the challenge. Top-level police officials in the State had such meeting with top bureaucrats of the Home Department and the NRC coordinator at Janata Bhawan on Monday. They had a detailed discussion on the situation.

Talking to The Sentinel, a highly placed source in the State police force said: “We’re assessing the situation in the State. At present, we’ve 85 Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) with us. We’re assessing the situation minutely. In case there’s need, we’re going to seek more CAPF from the Centre. Since the Centre is very serious on NRC update, it’s keeping in touch with us. We’re here not to allow escalation of the law-and-order situation in the State. We’re keeping in touch with the Centre.”