Imphal: Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh has said that additional security forces had been brought to the state and security personnel comprising CAPF, Manipur Police, Manipur Rifles, IRB and VDF have been deployed at 38 vulnerable areas.
The Chief Minister said while briefing the media at the Chief Minister’s Secretariat on Friday.
The 38 locations where security personnel have been deployed are Napat, Haotak, Salton Heiyaikon, Saiton Leitanpokpi, Nganukon, Salal Konjin, Phougakchao Ikhai Mamang, Torbung, Govindpur, Torbung Bunglow, Phougakchao Ikhai Maning, Phougakchao Ikhai Awang, Kwakta Maning, Terakhongshangbi, Khudekpi, Toronglaobi, oksongbung, Ngangkhalawai, Thamnapokpi, Naranseina, Sunusiphai, Phubala, Thinungei, Ningthoukhong Kha-Khunou, Ningthoukhong Macha Ebema, Upokpi, Potsangbam, Nachou, Chothe, Ngariyan Oil pump, Keinou, Irengbam Foothills, waroiching, Leimaram, Kamong, Heikrujam, Sagang Bazar and Chairel Manjil.
Singh further said that a team of legislators from the ruling party had visited Guwahati to meet Union Home Minister Amit Shah and apprise him of the prevailing situation in Manipur.
He reiterated the Union Home Minister’s commitment to take action against those who instigated violence in the state.
The Chief Minister also stated that Home Minister Amit Shah, during his visit to the state, would meet different sections of people and appeal to the public to take part in the meeting to achieve a long-lasting solution.
He also appealed to the general public to maintain a peaceful environment so that the Union Home Minister could be apprised of the prevailing situation of the state.
He maintained that the priority of the government is making people feel safe and secure and urged the people of the state to have faith in the government’s effort to restore peace and normalcy.
Singh said, “Operations had been conducted against armed militants in various areas in the periphery of the state. Efforts are being made to hold peace talks with all sections of people and the Government has been meeting various peace committees formed in the wake of the prevailing situation in Manipur.”
He further appealed to the people to refrain from indulging in any violent activities and not to believe or spread any misinformation and rumours, which could create tension among different communities.
Stating that the government is unbiased in its efforts, CM Biren Singh said that paramilitary forces along with state forces had also been deployed to safeguard certain areas of Imphal inhabited by the Kuki community.
The Chief Minister further said that Union Minister of State (MoS) for Home Nityanand Rai, who is currently on his visit to the state, is holding meetings with different Civil Society Organisations. The MoS will visit places such as Kangpokpi, Churachandpur and Moreh, he said.
Stating that so far around 495 guns had been returned out of 1,000 guns, he urged people to return their guns before security personnel start conducting search operations so that they could avoid facing any legal consequences.
Water Resources Minister Awangbow Newmai, informing the media on their meeting with Union Home Minister Amit Shah in Guwahati, stated that the team briefed the Union Home Minister about the situation of the state.
He conveyed the assurance of Amit Shah stating the government had been putting all possible efforts to restore normalcy in the state.
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Awangbow Newmai also informed that the Union Home Minister had assured that there would be no shortage of supply of essential commodities in the state.
The Home Minister has appealed to the people to have faith in the government’s effort and join hands to make the state move towards peace and development, the minister informed.
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