Police pickets to be set up in vulnerable areas: Tarun Gogoi
Guwahati: Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Tuesday visited three relief camps in Goalpara district and assured the refugees, affected by poll related violence, of setting up police pickets in vulnerable areas.
"Gogoi assured camp inmates that the government will provide fixed police pickets as well as proper lighting in vulnerable areas so that miscreants cannot create further disturbance," an official release said here.
The chief minister, accompanied by state Home Secretary GD Tripathi, visited the camps at Rongagara, Pachim Gobindapur and Bhalukdubi where refugees affected by poll related violence on February 12-13 have taken shelter.
He asked the administration to use village defence personnel in augmenting security measures.
As many as 16,423 refugees have taken shelter till now in 20 relief camps in the district.
Gogoi directed Goalpara Deputy Commissioner Preetom Saikia to make arrangements for providing CI sheets to those, whose houses were either fully or partially damaged.
A total of 434 houses were gutted in Matia and 165 houses in Balijana during the violence, which claimed 20 lives.
Later, Gogoi reviewed law and order situation with officials of the civil and police administration, the army and the para-military officers at Goalpara Circuit House.
Gogoi suggested setting up of peace committees and asked the administration to ensure no recurrence of violence.
Assam Police DIG (Western Range) Surendra Kumar said over 28 companies are deployed in the affected areas.
Gogoi also asked the DC to ensure supply of relief
materials, including baby food.
The DC told the chief minister that the administration has been providing baby food, rice, dal, salt, mustard oil, biscuits, blankets and tarpaulin in the camps.
The DC also said that following a marked improvement in the situation the refugees were willing to return home.
Later, Gogoi reviewed law and order with officials of the civil and police administration, army snd para-military at the Goalpara Circuit House.
He asked the administration to take confidence building measures to remove misunderstandings created by certain anti-national forces.
Gogoi suggested the setting up of peace committees and asked the administration to ensure that there was no recurrence of violence.
Assam Police DIG (Western Range) Surendra Kumar said that there were more than 28 companies deployed in the affected areas.
The chief minister also held discussions with leaders from different organisations and appealed to them to help the administration in restoring complete normalcy in the affected areas.