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Security tightened in northeast India
Published on 25 Jan. 2009 1:46 AM IST
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Security forces have been put on maximum alert across the northeast and additional paramilitary troopers and state security personnel have been deployed to thwart possible strikes by extremist, officials in the northeast region told IANS. Paramilitary personnel, accompanied by bomb squads and dog squads, launched search operations at airports, hotels, bus terminals, major markets and national highways besides crowded and mixed populated areas, they added. In addition to the Railway Protection Force (RPF), state security forces have been deployed to provide full-proof security to trains in Assam, Nagaland and Tripura, they said. The militant outfits United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) and Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) of Meghalaya joined Kamotapur Liberation Organisation (KLO), Manipur People’s Liberation Front (MPLF) and Tripura People’s Democratic Front (TPDF) to ask people to boycott the Republic Day celebrations. The ULFA, KLO, MPLF and TPDF, the political wing of the outlawed All Tripura Tiger Force (ATTF), also jointly called a 17-hour strike across the northeast region Jan 26. The governments of Assam, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Tripura have asked the Border Security Force (BSF) to further tighten vigil along the India-Bangladesh border to prevent cross-border movement of militants ahead of the celebrations. Tripura police spokesman Nepal Das said: “Police and central paramilitary forces have been conducting a thorough search operation in sensitive, mixed populated and important areas and installations.

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