Guwahati: Authorities have increased security in Assam before PM Manmohan Singh’s one-day visit to the state on Friday amid a 12-hour strike called by ULFA militants to protest the high-profile visit, officials said.
An influential Improvised Explosive Device (IED) was meanwhile recovered from Lower Assam.
According to officials the reports, the police and security forces in Assam have drawn up an elaborate security plan in and around Guwahati before PM’s visit.
The anti-dialogue faction of the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) has calls 12-hour Assam shutdown Friday to protest Singh’s visit to the state.
In the meantime, security forces deployed in Lower Assam’s Chirang district on Thursday recovered an IED from the railway tracks in the district.
Chirang Superintendent of Police Debraj Upadhay said that “The IED was a powerful one and weighed about three kg. It was planted at Maneswari, about one-km from Bijni railway station in the district.”
The Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) had also cancelled several trains between some Upper Assam and Lower Assam towns from Guwahati. Several of the trains have also been rescheduled due to the security threat, sources said.