The Assam Police have dispelled “apprehensions” about the deterioration of law and order in the State after the publication of the final National Register of Citizens (NRC) on Saturday.
But it said 218 companies of Central paramilitary forces, besides the State police have been deployed following a security assessment by the district police chiefs.
“The situation is absolutely normal and under control. We expect people to cooperate and show restraint similar to the period after the publication of the first two drafts of the NRC (in December 2017 and July 2018),” Director-General of Police Kuladhar Saikia said at the police headquarters in Guwahati on Friday. “We have taken various measures such as holding meetings with civil society organisations, panchayat leaders and village defence forces. But troublemakers will be dealt with firmly.”
The DGP said the Superintendents of Police had assessed the vulnerability and sensitivity in all the districts. “Of the 2,500 NRC service centres, 1,200 were found to be sensitive during the publication of the last draft. The number of such centres has varied from time to time,” he said.
Mr. Saikia said police control rooms across the State had been coordinating with the headquarters and NRC authorities to ensure peace and tranquillity. The cybercell has also been monitoring social media activities to zero in on people uploading offensive or communal content related to the NRC.
“We have over the past few months organised awareness programmes among school, college students and others across the State on the proper use of social media,” he said.
The government has, meanwhile, imposed Section 144 in Guwahati and other urban centres.