Haflong, Nov 5 (UNI) Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today visited the violence-hit North Cachar (NC) Hills district and instructed police to ensure foolproof security, setting to rest speculation that the district autonomous body polls could be postponed.
Mr Gogoi also instructed the security forces to intensify search operation against the insurgents to ensure free and fair election to the NC Hills District Autonomous Council (NCHDAC), scheduled for November 26 and December 1.
The Chief Minister's visit was preceded by a spree of killing by suspected militants of Dima Halom Daogah (DHD) anti-talks faction, Black Widow. Seven CRPF jawans were killed on Friday and other four, including a Congress candidate for the NCHDAC poll, were killed the next day.
Reviewing the law and order situation at the Haflong circuit house, Mr Gogoi assured of all necessary steps for strengthening security cover in the district.
He instructed the DGP, who had accompanied on the visit, to take necessary steps for tightening the security of the council election candidates within the next two days so that they might move safely.
The Chief Minister also directed the security forces to take special security measures in the inter-state border areas and other vulnerable areas.
The review meeting was attended by Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sharma, Hills Area Development Minister Khorsing Engti, local MLA GC Langthasa, Chief Secretary PC Sharma, NC Hills Deputy Commissioner and other senior officials.
Earlier, Mr Gogoi held a meeting with the Congress candidates of the Council constituencies and assured to take immediate steps for tightening their security. He also held discussion with leaders of the ASDC and the BJP.
Before leaving Haflong, the Chief Minister also visited the house of Congress candidate D Hmar, killed in an ambush on Saturday, and expressed his condolence over the killing.