Security forces have been put on maximum alert in Assam following input by intelligence agencies that an insurgent outfit is planning for subversive activities ahead of the Independence Day. 

According to sources, there has been inputs from intelligence agencies that a particular insurgent outfit is making plans to abduct officials of oil companies or tea gardens in Assam. 

Notably, there have been two incidents in recent times, when ULFA-I had abducted officials of a private oil company and ONGC from their works stations in Arunachal Pradesh and Assam respectively.  

A high-level security meeting was held at the BCPL Guest House in Assam’s Dibrugarh district, where the law-and-order situation in upper Assam on Thursday ahead of the Independence Day. 

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The meeting was attended by Assam DGP – Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta, IGP (Law and Order) of Arunachal Pradesh Police – Chuku Apa, Superintendent of Police of all upper Assam and eastern Arunachal districts, top Army, Assam Rifles and Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) officials, and senior officials of various intelligence agencies. 

The meeting discussed the security scenario in the region ahead of the Independence Day.  

Although officials were tight-lipped on the issues discussed during the meeting, highly placed reliable sources informed that the threat perception from ULFA-I and various factions of NSCN were discussed during the meeting. 

The meeting assumes significance for the security forces since the 3 month unilateral suspension of operations by ULFA-I, which the outfit announced due to the Covid situation in the state comes to an end on August 14. 

Assam DGP Bhaskar Jyooti Mahanta said: “The purpose of the meeting was to take stock of the security ecosystem for protection of life and property within the operational grounds of these organisations and above all instill confidence in security apparatus by eliminating threat perceptions.”

Avik Chakraborty

Avik Chakraborty is Northeast Now Correspondent in Dibrugarh. He can be reached at: