Release of part draft NRC: Security tightened along Tripura’s Border

Representative

Guwahati, January 1: In the light of the release of the first draft of National Register of Citizens (NRC) and the ensuing assembly polls, security along Tripura’s inter-state borders shared with Assam and Mizoram, and the international boundaries with Bangladesh have been strengthened.

In addition to this, Border Security Forces (BSF) has been further tightened their surveillance along the India-Bangladesh borders with Tripura, states a source. Stating this as a necessity to evade violence or any such untoward eventuality, he further mentions how these borders were closely guarded, especially in the odd hours, following the release of the first draft of NRC in Assam since Sunday midnight.

The source, insistent on keeping his name concealed, further reveals that BSF and the state government were asked to seal both, the inter-state and international borders, by the Election Commission in view of the ensuing assembly elections earlier this February. He further mentions about the intensified vigilance in two of Tripura’s check posts along southern Assam. Union Home Ministry, as affirmed by the officer, has also directed all the Northeastern states and airport authorities to increase the security owing to the Republic Day celebrations.

It needs to be noted that Tripura shares an international border of 856 km with Bangladesh along with a 109 km and 53 km inter-state borders with Mizoram and Assam respectively. Apart from around 20 km, rest of the 856 km shared with the Bangladesh borders is fenced.

Furthermore, an official from the state’s Elections Department comments on how the Election Commission is likely to announce the assembly polls in Nagaland, Meghalaya and Tripura by next week, and the elections for the mentioned states, which have 60-seat assemblies each, are supposed to be held by the third week of February.

(NG)