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Tripura CM asks militants to shun violence, assures all help during Independence Day speech

Manik Sarkar

Agartala (Tripura), Aug.15 : Along with the whole nation, Tripura also celebrated Independence Day under tight security peacefully.

The main programme of the state was organised at the Assam Rifles parade ground in Agartala where Chief Minister Manik Sarkar unfurled the tricolour.

Despite the militant threat and inclement weather, thousands of people defying both gathered to the parade ground in Agartala to participate in the celebration.

After heavy checking people have been allowed to enter the parade ground and at the entry points sniffer dogs and electronic detecting machines have been deployed.

Different paramilitary forces, state police and NCC cadets participated in the parade, which was followed by a colourful cultural programme.

Chief Minister Manik Sarkar speaking on the occation said: “People of our state had cornered the militants. Once insurgent’s had drupe with blood the roads of our state. They had conspired to disturb our integrity and communal harmony. All together we had succeeded in cornering the militants. We had withdrawn undemocratic law like AFSPA. We had compelled a larger section of the militants to come back to normal life and those who did not were arrested by our security forces and landed in the jail.”

“Now, we are noticing that a group of militants are trying to talk with the government of India to return back to normal life. Our message to them on this important day is that come back to normal life and start a new life, we are going to help you.”

With call for boycott of Independence Day celebrations beginning to pour from across the gamut of North-eastern India’s by various militant organizations, security forces and the state administrations in the seven sisters including Tripura reviewed up the security mobilization to avoid any type of untoward incident during the celebrations of Independence Day being celebrated through the country on August 15.

Paramilitary forces along with sniffer dogs are conducting search operations in the interior places and are checking all vehicles and passengers at different places including the national highway. Meantime, Border Security Force has intensified its vigil across the 856 km porous Indo-Bangladesh border to stop any type of trans-border movement.

A red alert has been sounded in the state and at the different vulnerable places in the urban areas security personnel have been deployed and the dog and bomb squads are conducting regular checking. Security in the national high way, bus terminus, busy market places and in the airport has been increased. Different drop gates have been established at different points of entry to the capital, Agartala.

Police informed that adequate security measures have taken and is confident that like previous years this time also the Independence Day celebrations shall be peaceful. (ANI)