Zero Tolerance for any form of violence in BTC polls says Assam Police

Zero Tolerance for any form of violence in BTC polls says Assam Police

GUWAHATI:  Assam Police vowed to take a ‘zero tolerance’ attitude to any possible violence ahead or during the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) polls. Assam Police director-general Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta said that police would deal with any such elements with iron hands.

The much-awaited dates for the council elections were announced recently. The elections will be held in two- phases on December 7 and 10.  While in the first phase, elections would be held in constituencies in Udalguri and Baksa districts on December 7, voting will take place in Kokrajhar and Chirang districts in the second phase on December 10, Re-poll, if required would be held on December 11.

The date of counting the votes for both the phases is December 12, counting would begin from 8 AM.

Mahanta said, “We have identified that the majority of the polling stations in BTC are either sensitive or very sensitive. Therefore 30 additional companies of forces will be deployed now and if needed we will deploy more. Though BTC has a history of bloodshed during previous elections, we want people to witness a free and fair poll this time.”  

Though the signing of the recent peace accord brought all Bodo separatist outfits into peace talks disbanding their outfits, the availability of illegal firearms continued to be a worrying fact for the security forces.

Since May 25, the police have seized over 80 firearms, 1628 ammunition, 197 grenades, three IEDs, 26 detonators, two kilograms of explosives and at least 16 rocket-propelled grenades. These recoveries included AK56 rifles, AK47 rifles, 7.65mm pistols, 8mm pistols, M4 rifles, MQ81 rifles and HK rifles.

“There will be no tolerance for any kind of violence. If any miscreants or political goons have planned to do any subversive activities, I want to warn him of the consequences. They must avoid such ideas,” the DGP added.

On Tuesday, the DGP held a discussion with top officials of BTC in Kokrajhar to review the security preparation in the council areas ahead of the polls.

The elections were previously scheduled for April 14, 2020. But it had to be postponed due to the global pandemic, followed by the nationwide lockdown. The council is currently under the rule of the Governor of Assam, Jagdish Mukhi.

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