Guwahati, Mar 9 (PTI) Assam Police has launched a massive hunt to nab the prime accused in the AASU office attack in Dhemaji and sounded an alert across the state today to prevent any outbreak of violence.

It has also announced a cash reward of Rs one lakh for information on the whereabouts of Subodh Biswas, the all-India president of the Nikhil Bharat Bangali Udbastu Samanway Samiti (NBUSS), and set up a special investigation team to probe the incident.

“The arrest of Biswas is our priority. Look-out notices have been circulated at all the important points. We have announced a reward of Rs one lakh for information on his whereabouts,” Assam Director General of Police Mukesh Sahay told reporters here.

He said Assam Police was in touch with other states and inter-state security agencies to trace Biswas whose “provocative” speech at an NBBUSS meeting at Silapathar on March 6 had allegedly led to the attack on the AASU office.

“We are in touch with the police agencies in Arunachal Pradesh, Maharashtra and West Bengal and hope to nab him at the earliest,” he added.

The attackers had ransacked the All Assam Students’ Union office, damaged the furniture there and injured three members of the students’ union.

Protests by various organisations erupted in the state following the incident.

The DGP also appealed to those aware of the whereabouts of Biswas to contact the police and assured them that they will be rewarded Rs one lakh without their identity being disclosed.

He said the alert has been sounded as the police are determined to prevent any incident of violence following the attack on the AASU office. “If required, we will do it ruthlessly,” he added.

The situation, Sahay said, has been brought under control by senior officials camping at the site and by rushing additional security reinforcements.

Fourteen companies of Assam Police Battalion, along with 80 additional constables, have been deployed in Silapathar, while some companies of paramilitary forces have been shifted from Jorhat and North Lakhimpur to Silapathar.

“The army too has been kept on stand-by and their help will be sought if needed,” the DGP said. (MORE)

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