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'Highest security cover for National Games'

The forces will provide security at all venues of the Games and trains carrying athletes and spectators will be provided special protection.

india Updated: Jan 13, 2007 19:50 IST

Claiming operations to flush out ULFA militants were showing "positive" results, the Assam government on Saturday said the forthcoming National Games to be hosted by the state "will be held with the highest security cover".

"The Central government is providing all support and we are confident of staging the Games successfully," state Chief Secretary PC Sharma said.

The National Games "will be held with the highest security cover for players", he said.

The Army, paramilitary forces and police will provide security at all venues of the Games and trains carrying athletes and spectators will be provided special protection, he said.

"Army and paramilitary forces and state police are coordinating with each other and the situation has improved to a great extent," he said.

Sharma was here with state police chief RN Mathur to take part in a high-level meeting chaired by Union Home Secretary VK Duggal on Friday.

He said the state government will do "everything possible" to restore confidence among non-Assamese people, who bore the brunt of recent ULFA attacks that claimed 70 lives.

Mathur said Assam Police were coordinating with their counterparts in other northeastern states to wipe out ULFA militants.

"Apart from the Army and Central forces, we are coordinating with police forces of other states and I am confident that normalcy will be restored very soon," he said.

Mathur said coordination between the Army, paramilitary forces and state police has been perfect and "showing good results".

Asked whether specific areas of upper Assam, which witnessed a majority of the recent ULFA attacks, will be handed over to Central paramilitary forces, Mathur declined to reveal "operational matters".

Friday's meeting was also attended by heads of paramilitary forces, Army officers and senior representatives of the home and defence ministries. It decided to set up a committee to oversee next month's National Games that the ULFA has threatened to disrupt.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will visit Assam on Tuesday to interact with victims of the ULFA violence.