Kokrajhar(Assam): A large contingent of security personnel have been deployed in trouble-torn Bodoland Territorial Autonomous Districts and neighbouring minority-dominated Dhubri to control the flare-up between Bodos and minority immigrants.
Official sources said today altogether 1300 army personnel - 13 columns with 100 personnel in each have been deployed in the affected districts, while 63 companies of para-military forces and 20 companies of BSF have been also deployed in Kokrajhar, Chirang and Dhubri.
The Indo-Bangla border had already been sealed and a high alert sounded following rumours in certain quarters.
BSF Assam Frontier Inspector General P K Bahal, camping in Dhubri, said patrolling along the sealed borders have been intensified and a strict vigil was being maintained.
Joint Secretary in Union Ministry of Home Affairs Sambhu Singh, scheduled to visit Dhubri today to review the situation in the district which has 136 km border, including 40 kms of riverine border, with Bangladesh.
Singh, who was in Kokrajhar yesterday, had said there was delay in deployment of army and lack of adequate forces in the districts initially.
"Initially, there was lack of forces in the area but now additional forces have been deployed and more are on their way, while the focus is now on confidence-building measures," he added.