From a Correspondent
JORHAT, Feb 18: Normalcy returned to the trouble-torn areas along the Assam-galand border in Jorhat district on Saturday after security measures were intensified by the administration in both Assam and galand side.
Deputy Commissioner (Jorhat) Virendra Mittal said, “The situation along the border is under control and normalcy has returned to the trouble torn areas.” “We believe the militants have fled from the bordering areas after distributing the extortion notes due to the strong security cover in both Assam and galand side. No untoward incident occurred during the past 48 hours,” added Officer in-charge of Mariani Police station, Dibyajyoti Dutta. Four armed NSCN (R) militants had distributed extortion notes to 16 Assamese villagers of Holonguri tea garden in Mariani demanding to make payments within February and issued life threats unless their demand was fulfilled. Police intensified their operation in all vulnerable areas and beefed up security measures along the border areas after the militant activities. Top police officers rushed to Mariani and took stock off the situation on Friday.
The Assam Tea Tribes Students Association (ATTSA) also strongly condemned the government’s failure to control militant activities along the border and demanded the government to take immediate steps against militant groups. They also submitted memoranda to the Deputy Commissioner and Jorhat MP to ensure protection of life and property to the border area people.