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PSU security stepped up in upper Assam
Published on 8 Aug. 2010 11:21 PM IST
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With five upper Assam districts having a large network of oil drilling and exploration systems, security officials have asked the PSUs of oil and telecommunications department to follow certain security instructions in the run-up to Independence Day celebrations.
Police sources said all installations of oil and other key Central government establishments like telephone exchanges and power transmission towers had been asked to review the security measures till August 15 and deploy maximum number of security personnel under its disposal to ensure that no long stretch of area remained out of surveillance. Sources said if needed, duty hours of the personnel be extended by some extra hours to strengthen round-the clock vigil.
Lighting in and around the compounds of the installations had been advised to be enhanced and sentry posts be set up in heights if the place was near to a hill or forests.
Sources said ex-servicemen employed by the companies had been asked to brief village defence parties (VDPs) on detecting suspicious objects and accompany them in patrolling oil pipelines. “Visits to remote and interior places by staff of the companies have been advised to be done with armed escorts. However, they should return to their campuses before sunset,” the sources added.
Additional SP (Headquarters) Jorhat Subodh Sonowal said, “Certain precautionary advices have been passed on to PSUs and important Central government departments in the districts according to directions from the headquarters in view of the stepped-up security measures.”
The ASP said police stations nearest to vital installations have been alerted and the cops were in touch with officials of these companies to prevent any act of terror.

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