Assam on high alert ahead of PM Modi’s visit; one killed in oil pipeline blast
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate India’s longest bridge, and lay foundation of AIIMS and IARI units.india Updated: May 25, 2017 16:35 IST
Security in Guwahati and parts of upper Assam has been tightened ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s daylong visit to the state on Friday amid intelligence reports that a separatist outfit may carry out attacks at important installations in the state.
Police said intelligence reports have said a team of armed United Liberation Front of Asom-Independent (ULFA-I) cadres has entered Assam from Myanmar recently.
“It is likely that the ULFA-I is planning attacks to coincide with PM’s visit. Security across Assam including Guwahati has been increased,” Assam’s additional director general of police (ADGP) Pallab Bhattacharya told journalists.
One person was killed on Thursday morning at Dikom in Dibrugarh near an Oil India Limited (OIL) pipeline. It is not clear yet whether he tried to denote a bomb or died while trying to pilfer fuel.
Modi will inaugurate India’s longest bridge connecting Dhola and Sadiya located on the south banks of Brahmaputra. At 9.15km, the bridge is significantly longer than the 5.6km Bandra-Worli sea link in Mumbai.
More importantly, it will improve connectivity to eastern parts of Arunachal Pradesh and reduce the time taken for movement of Indian Army convoys to the sensitive Chinese-Indian border areas by 3-4 hours.
The PM will also lay the foundation stones of units of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) near Guwahati and Gogamukh in Dhemaji.
To mark the completion of three years of the NDA government at the Centre and one year of the first BJP-led government in Assam, Modi will address the nation from Guwahati before departing for New Delhi.
“It a matter of pride and honour for the people of Assam that the Prime Minister will address the nation from our state. We express heartfelt thanks for his gesture,” Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal said on Wednesday.