Guwahati, April 2, 2019
Ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, the Assam Police is in touch with its counterparts in neighbouring states of the Northeast to stop infiltration of any militants into the State.
Assam Director General of Police Kuladhar Saikia said that neighbouring Northeastern states have been requested to increase security in the inter-state routes. Saikia further said that strict checking will be undertaken in trains and vehicles to counter attempt of militants or banned outfits.
“We have built up strong coordination with police departments of the Northeastern states. If needed, we are also ready to carry out joint operations. The whole Assam state is under the domination of police and other security forces. The activity of radical groups is also under scanner. Vigilance and patrolling have been intensified to tackle any kind of poll-related violence,” he said.
A total of 123 companies of central paramilitary forces are currently deployed in Assam and the state is prepared for the three-phase Lok Sabha elections.
More than 20,000 licensed arms have been surrendered to the authorities while police have seized 32 illegal arms across Assam since the model code of conduct took effect on March 10th, 2019. The Assam police have also executed over 6,000 non-bailable warrants (NBWs) so far and about 1,400 more are yet to be executed.
Assam’s 14 constituencies will face elections in 3 phases on April 11th, April 18th and April 23rd, 2019. Over 2.17 crore people will be eligible to vote in the three-phase Lok Sabha elections. The voting in Assam will take place at 28,143 polling stations. There are also about 60,000 service voters, who are staying outside the state and will vote through postal ballot.