NRC aftermath: 16 ‘very sensitive zones’ identified in Guwahati
GUWAHATI: With the National Register of Citizens (NRC) final draft set to be published on 30th July, the security agencies have identified 16 very sensitive zones in Guwahati.
A senior police official of the Guwahati police commissionerate said, “There are 78 Nagrik Seva Kendras (NSKs) in Guwahati out of which 16 are in very sensitive zones, 25 in sensitive zones and 41 in comparatively safer zones.”
The official, under condition of anonymity, said that extra forces have been deployed across the city to tackle any untoward situation. “8 companies of external forces have been deployed in the city,” the source revealed.
Hatigaon and its adjacent areas, located under Hatigaon police station, are very sensitive zones. Similarly, a senior official of Guwahati West district informed that areas like Azara, Kahikuchi, Maligaon, Fatasil, Kotabari and Dhirenpara are very sensitive zones in the west police district. In central police district of the commissionerate, Panjabari, Satgaon, Baghorbari, Nijarapara at Noonmati, Bonda and Panikheti are very sensitive zones. Even places like Santipur, Bhootnath and Gauhati Club are under very sensitive zones.
Another senior police official said that there will be deployment of additional forces at all the NSKs and the NRC headquarters at Bhangagarh which are also considered as sensitive zones.
There are three security sections that the city police are working on. Firstly, the security of the NRC headquarters located at Bhangagrh is the top priority. The security of the NSKs and the verification teams is the second area of duty for the police. Thirdly, as Guwahati is the capital city, after the NRC is published, the city might be witness to a number of agitations from the ruffled feathers and aggrieved sections of the citizenry. So the police are also adequately prepared to handle the law and order situation and the protestors.
Fixed security personnel including home guards and armed branch police personnel are being deployed at all the NSKs.
All the police station officers have been instructed to keep a sharp watch on all potential trouble makers.
The police have also involved nagorik committees and village defence groups for conducting nightly patrol rounds with the respective police stations’ night duty patrolling parties during late night and early morning hours.
CRPF personnel have been deployed across the city and especially at the NRC headquarters.