With just two days for the publication of the final draft of National Register of Citizens (NRC), the Assam Police is carrying out community engagement programmes to avoid misunderstanding and keeping a strict eye on social media so that no fake news or hate message is circulated.
Assam DGP Kuladhar Saikia The police’s main intention is to prevent the build-up of any sort of fear psychosis in the society after the publication of the final draft of the NRC on July 30.
“We are doing community engagement programmes to avoid any misunderstanding and lack of faith on the system. Our teams are regularly meeting village elders, student leaders and respectable persons in communities,” a news agency quoted DGP Saikia as saying.
“We are doing lots of campaigns in this regard. Police are visiting markets, village haats for this,” Saikia said, adding that there is no tension as such.
The Assam police Chief said the Police is also keeping a strict vigil on social media so that no fake news or hate message is circulated.
“We have requested all communities to remain alert for this. We have launched a campaign on social media to avoid any provocative message by anyone. We are giving very important focus to social media,” he added.
The Assam Police has recently formed a Social Media Cell and it is being headed by Additional Director General of Police (Security) Harmeet Singh.
“We are trying to make people aware of social media platforms as an interactive place for all. It should be used for a positive purpose,” the DGP said.
Sources said Centre has sent over 22,000 central paramilitary troops, comprising 220 companies of the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs), in order to beef up security in Assam and adjoining states.
The largest contingent among the forces is from the CRPF (53 companies), followed by Sashastra Seema Bal (41), BSF (40), ITBP (27), CISF (20) and Railway Protection Force (5).
A total of 34 companies of the special auxiliary police are also being sent, officials said. One company of paramilitary force comprises 100 personnel.