Imphal, May 10: A total of 209 relief camps are being opened currently in the state and those staying there have been given regular medical check-ups and psychological counseling among many other services, said Information and Public Relations Minister Dr Sapam Ranjan as he briefed media regarding the law and order situation on Wednesday at DIPR Auditorium.
While Dr Ranjan appealed the public to surrender the snatched arms and ammunitions at the earliest, he informed that 288 arms and 6700 ammunitions had been surrendered so far. A total of 288 FIRs also had been registered, he added.
The minister also informed that tension among the public has notably reduced on Wednesday comparing to the past few days, and appealed the public not to fall to rumours and misinformations. With the improving situation, the government had decided to lift curfew for six hours today at many districts of the state. This has allowed the public to conveniently come out and procure their daily needs and essential items, added the minister.
Dr Ranjan also said that peace committees have been formed on different levels to bring peace and have been meeting people belonging to different sections. However, an unfortunate incident of the day was the injury of one Assam Rifles personnel in a firing incident at Dolaithabi, said the minister and added that the injured personnel is being hospitalized currently and is out of danger.
The IPR minister further informed that the chief minister N Biren Singh had also personally visited the relief camps at Khuman Lampak Sports Complex and CRPF Lamphel Complex today. He added that the CM interacted the persons sheltered their and heard their grievances and assured them that the government is always there for all the sections of the society and will render all possible assistances for their recovery and rebuilding.
Dr Ranjan continued that surveillance of sensitive areas is still going on actively by using helicopters, drones and unmanned aerial vehicles to ensure peace and safety. He added that the state government is mainly stressing on evacuating stranded persons to their safe places at the moment, and today, around 5300 persons were evacuated to the relief camps or to their safe places. With this, the total number of persons evacuated so far during this crisis has reached thirty thousand.
The minister also informed that around 100 loaded vehicles stranded at Senapati reached Imphal safely with proper security convoys.
Dr Ranjan sincerely appealed the general public from different sections of the state for support and unity in such difficult times.
In another news, the Manipur government informed the Ministry of Home Affairs that 41 of the 66 deaths reported were related to the ethnic violence since May 3, according to the Indian Express.