Imphal, July 3: Chief minister N Biren Singh has stated that all bunkers illegally set up in both the hills and valley areas would be pulled down. Briefing media at the Chief Minister’s Secretariat on Monday evening, N Biren said the Indian army will lead the operation and will also be joined by paramilitary forces. He disclosed that a combined headquarters meeting was held earlier in the day and decisions were taken to implement some concrete steps.
The chief minister said posts for security forces would be set up on hilltops for better control of the prevailing situation and added that drone surveys would also be conducted round the clock, with a central monitoring headquarters to monitor the situation and for reinforcement if necessary. He said mass frisking will begin to nab people with illegal arms in both the hills and valley areas. He also appealed to the public to return the snatched arms and ammunition, before legal actions are taken up.
Regarding the arrival of the monsoon and the need to carry out agricultural activities on time, N Biren said that around 2000 security personnel including Manipur Rifles and IRB had been mobilised for additional deployment at places adjoining the hill areas, where agricultural works are being taken up. He said the security personnel deployed would guard and prevent disturbances caused to farmers of both the communities by armed miscreants. He maintained that central forces had also been deployed in these places earlier.
The chief minister further said the state government has decided to reopen schools from 5th July, 2023 for classes 1 to 8. While normal classes for classes 9 to 12 will begin once the construction of prefabricated houses is completed and the displaced people taking shelter at different relief camps are relocated. N Biren said the toll-free number 1800-309-0931 has been opened through which people may share grievances and ask for matters about relief requirements.
The chief minister assured that the government would do nothing which could distort the integrity and administrative system of Manipur and would always work in the interest of the people. He then appreciated the role of the civil society organisations of different communities towards bringing peace and harmony in the state. He also appreciated the contribution of womenfolk towards saving the integrity of the state and towards restoring peace. N Biren also appreciated the decision to lift the blockade on National Highway-2.
Appealing to the public for further cooperation in the state government’s effort to restore peace and tranquillity in the state, N Biren Singh expressed the need to make a better state for future generations.