New Delhi: The Centre today made available additional forces to violence-hit Assam as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh condemned the “cowardly” terror attack and promised all measures to restore peace there.
Singh, who is keeping a close watch on the situation, spoke to Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde and Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and directed them to take urgent steps to restore normalcy in the disturbed areas, the PMO said.
Under PM's directions, Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth held a review meeting with central and state authorities here.
After the meeting, the PMO said 20 companies (approximately 2000 personnel) of central forces have been made available to the state and additional companies, including Cobra companies, will be sent as required.
Nine army columns have been deployed and patrolling is going on, it said. Relief camps are being set up by the state government for those affected.
The Centre is standing by to provide food and medicines for the affected families as per the state's requirements.