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Assam govt beefs up security of core assets

With ULFA militants triggering three explosions within a week, security of oil installations, railway tracks and other vital establishments has been beefed up.

, ET Bureau|
Nov 24, 2009, 09.33 PM IST
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GUWAHATI: With ULFA militants triggering three explosions within a week, security of oil installations, railway tracks and other vital establishments has been beefed up.

ULFA militants blew up tank wagons carrying high speed diesel (HSD) and petrol on November 16. Besides, causing damage to tracks, the explosion also charred 12 wagons and derailed four others.

ULFA’s 28 Battalion, which been laying low for almost a year after two companies of the battalion declared ceasefire, was believed to be behind this explosion. Commander of 28 Battalion, Bijoy Chinese called up some media houses and claimed responsibility for the explosion.

An improvised explosive device (IED) was recovered from Khoirabari railway station in Udalguri district on Monday. The IED weighed about 8 kg. Around 5 kg TNT was also recovered from Udalguri.

Intelligence inputs suggest ULFA is planning more strikes prior to November 27. The outfit observes the day as Protest Day following launching of operation against the outfit on 1991 and declaration of the outfit as ‘banned’.

IG of police (security), G P Singh told ET: "In view of the blast in the railway tanker, I reviewed the security of oil installations and other vital installations with officials of these companies, CISF and police officials in Upper Assam recently."

In the wake of the twin explosions in Nalbari, the counter-insurgency strategy making body, Unified Command Structure, which comprises army, police and central paramilitary forces, reviewed the operations. Already, chief minister Tarun Gogoi has hinted that operations against ultras will be intensified.
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