High Alert in Assam Following Report of Suspected Terrorists Entry

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Guwahati: Suspected entry of five people from Bangladesh through Meghalaya to Assam has sent security agencies into tizzy. Assam police has issued high alert and asked the districts bordering Bangladesh to increase the vigil.

Bangladesh is witnessing repeated attacks from jehadi elements. A senior police officer in Assam told ET, “Meghalaya police has shared information with us that five persons from Bangladesh have entered Assam. Given the present situation, we are verifying if these people are jihadi operatives.

He said that alert has been sounded and all security forces including army has been put on alert. “Those districts which share border with Bangladesh and Meghalaya are asked to take all precautions. We are trying to trace these people.”

Security of Guwahati airport and Kamakhya temple has been beefed up. Assam Director General of Police Mukesh Sahay said that the police has been put on alert across the state, particularly after the recent terror attacks in Bangladesh.

Sahay added, “There are some reports that villagers in a remote village in Meghalaya’s South Garo Hills district have spotted five suspected youth. We are yet to confirm this and we are in touch with out counterparts in Garo Hills”.

Bangladesh based jehadi terror module, Jamatul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) has been active in the state and several operatives of JMB were arrested in the state in past.

Meanwhile, four hard core militants of NSCN (Reformation) were gunned down on Thursday by troopers of Assam Rifles in Arunachal pradesh’s Tirap district bordering Myanmar.

Assam Rifles raided Kheti village, 7 km away from districts headquarters Khonsa. The cadres of the group were allegedly huge problems for the locals as they included in extortion, arms dealing and peddling of drugs.

Assam Rifles troopers challenged the militant, they fired back in return. In the ensuing gun fight, the four militants were killed. Several AK series weapons and a large cache of ammunition have also been recovered.

 

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