By- Staff Reporter | Date- April 20, 2012
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is arriving in Guwahati today amidst a war like situation owing to the 12 hour strike called in by the outlawed ULFA. The Prime Minister’s visit is keeping the State Government on its toes, with heavy security around the capital city in order to thwart subversive attempt by the militants.
Police and para-military personnel have been posted on all major thoroughfares, vital installations and patrolling has been intensified throughout the state. According to intelligence sources, there are reports that the ULFA cadre have been directed to target oil installations, pipelines, railway tracks, security personnel, police stations and outposts along with other vital installations.
The Prime Minister is scheduled to arrive today at 1050 hrs at the Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport from where he would fly in a helicopter and land at the Nehru Stadium, owing to security concerns. Then the Prime Minister would immediately leave for B Barooah Cancer Institute where he is scheduled to inaugurate two new facilities for cancer patients.
Singh would subsequently leave for Dispur Secretariat Ground where he would address the gathering on the occasion of the Assam Legislative Assembly Platinum Jubilee Celebrations. Later, he is scheduled to leave for Raj Bhavan for lunch and a meeting with the state cabinet. From there, The Prime Minister would return to the Nehru Stadium from where he would leave for the airport by a chopper and subsequently depart for New Delhi by 1700 hrs.
The district administration has made elaborate security arrangements at all the venues of the Prime Minister’s programmes with traffic being either diverted or controlled along the roads through which the convoy will pass. In addition, public have been also directed to avoid parking vehicles on certain roads and localities.
It is to be mentioned that Northeast Frontier Railway has already cancelled 11 trains and rescheduled four others following security threat in Assam till April 20.