The 8th Monsoon session of the 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly began in Imphal on Monday

Imphal: The Manipur state legislative assembly on Monday passed a resolution to rename the lone international airport of the state — Imphal International Airport — after Bir Tikendrajit, a local freedom fighter who fought against the British during the pre-independence days.

Chief minister N Biren Singh moved a resolution seeking to rename the Imphal International Airport as Bir Tikendrajit International Airport, which was passed without much debate during the first day of the 8th monsoon session of the 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly on Monday.

The session began with obituary references to three former members of the House — Holkhomang Haokip of Henglep assembly constituency, Dr Mashangthem Horam of Chingai and M Chungkhosei of Saikot constituency, besides former secretary of Manipur Legislative Assembly A Halim Chowdhury.

In the state Assembly, replying to a call attention motion raised by MLA Kh Joykishan on Babysana’s death case and its progress on the investigation, CM Singh said that his government has written to the department of personnel and training (DoPT) to hand over the case to CBI.

While urging the joint action committee (JAC) that was formed to protest against the mysterious death of N Babysana Chanu to relax their agitations, Singh noted that Babysana was a minor student and her death has shocked the entire state.

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Taking serious note of the case, the state government has been working at its best level to establish the facts and circumstances leading to the death, the CM said.

In another call attention moved, the Opposition Congress MLA K Meghachandra enquired about the increasing cases and frequent seizure of drugs and steps taken to address such issues.

CM Biren in his reply said that the state will frame a new policy for stringent control and to fight against drug menace. His government will also seek suggestions from experts, he added.

Meanwhile, security has been beefed up in and around the state assembly complex to avoid any untoward incident during the two-day monsoon session.

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