ULFA-I Calls for Republic Day Celebrations Boycott, Guwahati Police Tightens Security
GUWAHATI: The United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA-I) has called to boycott the 71st Republic Day on January 26, 2020.
In a statement issued by ULFA-I, Abhijeet Asom, chairman of the banned group asked the people to register their protest against the “colonial rule in Assam” and oppose the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). “The emergency services would remain exempted from the boycott,” reads the statement.
With Republic Day approaching and the ULFA-I calling for boycott, security has been tightened in Guwahati along with other districts of Assam. “Naka” checking is underway in the run-up to the state-level celebrations which will be held at Khanapara Veterinary field in Guwahati.
On Wednesday, January 22, Chief Secretary Kumar Sanjay Krishna, along with DC Kamrup (m) Biswajeet Pegu, ADGP (Law & order) GP Singh and Guwahati Commissioner of Police Munna Prasad Gupta took stock of the preparations for the Republic Day function at Khanapara.
Forty CCTVs have been installed for round-the-clock surveillance of the field and its nearby areas. There will be six separate gates for entrance VVIPs, VIPs and the general public.
“Security has been beefed up and preparations are going on in full swing. We're taking all measures to ensure that no untoward incidents take place during the celebrations," Commissioner of Police Munna Prasad Gupta told G Plus.
He added that the public can only carry their keys, mobile phones and purse to the ground during the celebrations. To ensure the same, there will be tight security checking at every entrance gate.
The ULFA-I statement to boycott Republic Day was issued on January 23, minutes after around 644 cadres from several extremist groups including 50 cadres of the United Liberation Front of Asom (Independent) laid down their arms at a function at the Gauhati Medical College & Hospital Auditorium in Guwahati.
Through the press note, the outfit has also raised abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu & Kashmir, calling it an assault on the democratic character of India.
It should be mentioned that ULFA-I alone issued the boycott call this year, unlike calls for boycott in previous years before the Republic Day and Independence Day when a statement was issued jointly by ULFA, NDFB and KLO of Assam and Naga rebel group NSCN (K).
DC apprises media on Republic Day preparations, celebrations
The preparations for the Republic Day 2020 programme, which will take place at Khanapara Veterinary playground, are almost over, said Kamrup (M) Deputy Commissioner (DC), Biswajit Pegu in a recent press conference.
While addressing the press conference at the DC office, Pegu said that this year the Assam Rifles will be leading the parade. Other forces taking part in the march-past are Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Border Security Force (BSF), Assam police etc. National Cadet Corps, Scouts and Guides and school students will also be participating.
Further, talking about the security measures, the DC said that the security has been tightened and CCTV cameras will also be put up.
“A medical team will be present at the venue to provide first aid,” said Pegu adding, “NGOs will be providing fruits and food items to central jail and destitute homes.”
The district administration has also requested the ASTC to provide transportation to make commutation easier for the public.
“We will be making special arrangements for physically challenged people. There will be people to assist them to their respective places,” said Pegu.
He concluded by saying, “We handed over the venue to the police to sanitize the place one month prior to Republic Day”.
Meanwhile, Assam’s Kamal Das who hails from North Guwahati will be conferred with the Indian Council for Child Welfare (ICCW) National Bravery Awards.
Kamal had risked his life thrice to save his mother and aunt after a ferry boat capsized in Brahmaputra River near Aswaklanta Temple.
The other awardees from northeast include Everbloom K. Nongrum from Meghalaya, Lourembam Yaikhomba Mangang, Lalliansanga from Manipur and Carolyn Malsawmtluangi and Vanlalhriatrenga from Mizoram.