I-Day: Security alert sounded amid militant threat


A massive security cover has been put in place across India, including Assam, as the nation gets ready to celebrate the 72nd Independence Day. A nationwide alert has already been sounded amid intelligence reports of possible subversive activities.

Security has been beefed up all over the country to prevent any untoward incidents with Delhi Police, especially, making all efforts to ensure a safe Independence Day.

Delhi Police, incidentally, have deployed the country’s first all-woman Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team at the Red Fort where Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation tomorrow.

Security has also been beefed up in Assam and the other northeastern States amid a boycott call by the Paresh Baruah-led anti-talks ULFA(I) faction and other militant outfits.

Police and security forces have increased frisking and have put up check-points across the State along with deploying more men in khaki at other vital installations, including oil pipelines.

Police have already sounded an alert in the Eastern Assam districts of Dibrugarh, Tinsukia, Charaideo, Sivasagar, Jorhat, Golaghat, Sonitpur and Biswanath and also in the Bodoland Territorial Area District (BTAD) following intelligence inputs of possible militant strikes.

A multi-layer security cover has been put in place at the Veterinary College playground in Khanapara, Guwahati, where Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal will hoist the tricolor in the presence of other dignitaries.