Security beefed up in North East India for Independence Day

More than 100,000 Indian Army personals, thousands of other security personals have been deployed in all capital cities, district head quarters, sub-divisional head quarters in North East India for independence day celebration on Sunday, 15 August 2010.

Since 1980s, it has almost become a routine affair when many insurgent groups call for ‘Bandh’ on 15th August and try to disrupt Independence day celebration by bomb blast.

“We have been able to put our forces in various vulnerable areas to ensure that rebels cannot stage violent attacks,” an army commander said Saturday.

Army soldiers late Friday averted a major disaster by defusing a time device planted in a bus terminus in the eastern Assam town of Sivasagar.

“The bomb was concealed in a bag and placed between two buses. We managed to defuse it on time,” the commander said.

Five guerrilla groups called a 17-hour general strike Sunday in the northeast to boycott Independence Day celebrations.

“We are taking no chances and hence deployed security forces at all vital installations like road bridges, oil facilities, railway tracks and bridges,” Assam Inspector General of Police P. Bhattacharya said.

The Northeast Frontier Railway announced cancellation of all night trains through Assam from Saturday evening until Aug 17 citing security reasons.

‘We have decided to cancel 26 long-distance trains running in Assam at night and suspend or terminate 26 more in view of the Independence Day,’ NEF Railway spokesperson S. Hajong told IANS.

The restrictions would come into effect from 6 p.m. Saturday and remain in force till 5 a.m. of Aug 17, Tuesday.

There are more than 30-odd rebel groups active in the northeast with demands ranging from independence to autonomy.

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