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Home secretary reviews situation in Assam

Union Home Secretary VK Duggal reviewed the ground situation in Assam a day after the blast in Guwahati.

india Updated: Nov 06, 2006 18:25 IST

Union Home Secretary VK Duggal on Monday reviewed the ground situation in Assam as he rushed to the state along with a "composite team" of the Union government to aid the state government.

Official sources here said Mr Duggal met Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi.

He was accompanied by a team of senior officers from IB, RAW and other wings of the Home Ministry dealing with the counter-insurgency operation.

Earlier, there was also a Unified Command meeting, where according to official sources, the Army expressed reservation for not getting full cooperation from the state police in their counter-insurgency operation.

The Army made it clear that ULFA's striking ability had been reduced wherever the Army was operating.

The urban areas were not under the Army operation. The Army also said they had given specific written intelligence input to the Assam police regarding the impending bomb attack on market area of Fancy bazaar, but police could not prevent it.

In Assam, the counter-insurgency operation had been led by the Army through Unified Command structure, where the GOC of the 3 corps Lt Gen VK Lidder was the operational head, while Chief Secretary SK Kabilan was the overall head.

Mr Duggal after reviewing the meeting is expected to return later on Monday.

First Published: Nov 06, 2006 18:25 IST