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Security beefed in states for I-Day
Correspondent/PTI SHILLONG, AGARTALA AUG 14:
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Published on 14 Aug. 2009 11:59 PM IST
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Security has been tightened in Meghalaya ahead of Independence Day with the Border Security Force (BSF) keeping an extra-vigil along the Indo-Bangla border. The proscribed Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) militant outfit has called for boycotting the Independence Day celebration. The outfit has called for 24-hour general strike from 6 pm on Friday to 6 pm Saturday. “Though, there are no specific information about possible militant attacks to disrupt Independence Day, but we have put our personnel on high alert,” a Meghalaya Police Spokesman Anil Mathur said. BSF personnel guarding the porous Indo-Bangla border have been asked to keep an extra vigil to thwart attempts by North East-based militants to sneak into India from their hideouts in Bangladesh, There are at least 176 camps and hideouts of such ultra outfits entrenched in Bangladesh. Incidentally, another militant outfit of the state -Achik National Volunteers’ Council (ANVC) - fighting for a separate Garoland and under a ceasefire agreement with the government has not boycotted the celebrations for many years. Therefore, for the past few years, Independence and Republic day were celebrated in Garo Hills without any hitch. Meanwhile, to ensure a peaceful Independence Day in Tripura tomorrow, the BSF, guarding the 856 km long porus Indo-Bangla border, was alerted, police said on Friday. “Even as insurgency is on the wane in the state and no major insurgency related incident has taken place, we are keeping a close vigil on the situation to ensure a peaceful celebration of the Independence Day,” SP Nepal Das said. The BSF has also intensified their vigil along the border to keep unwanted elements from the neighbouring Bangladesh at bay. After a meeting held on Thursday with other security forces like Assam Rifles, BSF and CRPF, patrolling has been intensified in the hilly and insurgency-prone areas, he said. The number of security guards have been increased in vital installations like the civil secretariat, Governor’s house and the Legislative Assembly. Vehicles entering into the city from outside are being regularly checked, the SP said.

 
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