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Security main concern in Assam's Autonomous Hills LS segment

india Updated: Apr 14, 2009 12:56 IST
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Security has emerged as a major concern for the Autonomous (Hills) Lok Sabha constituency in Assam, which has witnessed a series of militant attacks last week and is going to polls in the first phase on April 16.

The constituency, comprising the twin hill districts of Karbi Anglong and North Cachar Hills, is the largest parliamentary seat in the state in terms of area and has the highest deployment of security forces following the attacks.

The constituency, home to several militant outfits with the most potent being the Dima Halam Daoga (Jewel) in NC Hills and Karbi Longri Liberation National Front (KLNLF), has witnessed a series of attacks, mostly on railway property and security personnel.

The KLNLF militants on Monday hurled a bomb at a security vehicle near a BSF camp in remote Dolamara area in Karbi Anglong district, but there was no report of any casualty.

Militants had struck thrice on three consecutive days since April 10 targeting trains, railway tracks and security personnel and had also exploded a bomb at Haflong. Earlier, DHD(J) had attacked poll observer A P Singh on April 8.

The KLNLF has called a 48-hour bandh on April 15 beginning from 5 am to disrupt the polls scheduled next day.

Candidates of all parties have urged the outfit to withdraw the bandh and ensure that polling is held without any disturbances.

Assam Chief Electoral Officer Hemanta Narzary admitted that the security scenario in the constituency was a matter of concern and said a platoon of security personnel would be posted at each polling station and two helicopters kept on standby.

Narzary advocated for deployment of additional forces in the constituency and said that the EC has been apprised of the situation there.