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Seal borders with Assam: EC

The EC has asked neighbouring states to seal their borders with Assam to ensure a violence-free polls.

india Updated: Mar 30, 2006 21:09 IST

In a bid to ensure a peaceful and violence-free assembly polls in Assam, the Election Commission on Thursday asked the neighbouring states to seal their borders with Assam ahead of the first phase of polling on April three.

In a communication to Chief Secretaries of Nagaland, Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh and Meghalaya, the EC has asked them to step up measures to seal the borders with Assam.

This measure would help in checking cross-border movement of extremists and disruptive elements into Assam, which would witness two-phased polls on April three and ten.

As many as 65 assembly constituencies would go to polls in the first phase of polling.

The full Commission headed by Chief Election Commissioner BB Tandon had reviewed the security environment in the state during its visit on March 17 and 18.