Massive security arrangements for I-Day celebration across Tripura

By Our Correspondent

Agartala, August 14, 2019: Massive security arrangements have been made across Tripura for peaceful observance of 73rd Independence Day on Thursday, despite no specific security threat for Tripura, but Union Home Ministry (MHA) sounded a high alert following abrogation of Articles 370 and 35A in Jammu and Kashmir.

The MHA's high alert has been sounded for entire nation, particularly for all bordering states of the country after abrogation of Articles 370 and 35A from erstwhile Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcated the state into two Union Territories.

Though seven Northeast militant groups including NLFT calls a 'total shutdown' in the entire Northeast region for 12 hours on August 15, but police sources claimed that shutdown calls will not affect the celebration  as none of the rebels groups are visible in ground.

However, as normal security arrangements before the celebrations of I-Day, all interior police stations are now conducting raids in once militant infested areas. Search operations have also been intensified in some specific areas of the state during the period of last few days.

All the urban police stations of the state have also been conducting search operations in all busy market places, rail stations and railway tracks in Tripura, bus stands, airport and hotels. Police have also pressed into action dog and bomb squads in Agartala including rail stations and railway tracks and other places of the state that would continue up to peaceful observance of I-day on August 15 next.

Police added that said though terrorism has come down near zero significantly in Tripura, patrolling along the national highway, other important highways and interior places have been intensified as a preventive measure along the patrolling in stretches of Indo-Bangla border by BSF jawans.

A major portion of hardcore cadres of banned NLFT has also signed a memorandum of settlement (MoS) with government and altogether 88 rebels’ surrendered arms on August 13 at Ambassa.

As normal precaution, Central intelligence wings and the MHA have alerted all the state governments of Northeastern region to keep a strict vigil in the run-up to Independence Day and prevent any attempt of sabotage, said police.

Police sources said that BSF has also been alerted to ensure that under-ground rebels and other miscreants do not enter Indian territory through the Tripura border with Bangladesh.

While, BSF sources in Tripura Frontier said vigil and patrolling intensified to prevent movement of anti-national elements. Instructions have been given to the commanders to ensure that there is zero infiltration.

All precautions like regular checking of vehicles and increased security in guarding vital installations have been taken. Security has also been stepped up at the civil secretariat, Agartala airport and Raj Bhavan besides the residences of ministers and VIPs as normal procedures, said police.

In a separate directive, the director general of Civil Aviation has asked airport authorities to tighten the vigil in and around all airports in Northeastern states.


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