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Enough security personnel deployed at 38 vulnerable areas of Manipur: CM Biren

Stating that so far around 495 guns had been returned out of more than 1000 guns snatched from different police stations, he urged them to return it before security personnel started conducting search operations

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Imphal: Chief Minister N. Biren Singh said Friday that over 32,000 central security forces have been brought in to the State and security personnel consisting of CAPF, Manipur Police, Manipur Rifles, IRB and VDF have been deployed at 38 vulnerable villages specially foothills and adjoining villages between Meeteis and Kuki.

The Chief Minister was briefing the media at the Chief Minister’s Secretariat Friday.

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The 38 locations where security personnel were 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.

Biren further informed that a team of legislators from the ruling party had visited Guwahati and met Union Home Minister Amit Shah, apprising him of the prevailing situation of Manipur. He reiterated the Union Home Minister’s commitment to take action against those who instigated violence.

The Chief Minister also stated that the Union Home Minister, during his visit to the State, would meet different sections of people, appealing to the public to take part in the meeting to get a long lasting solution. He appealed to the 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, urging the public to have faith in the Government’s effort to restore peace and normalcy.  

Appealing to the public not to have any apprehension, the Chief Minister informed that 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 added. 

He further appealed to the people to refrain from violent activities and not to believe or spread any unfounded information rumours, which could create tension among different communities. He sought support of the public towards Government efforts to bring normalcy.

Stating that the Government is unbiased in its efforts, N. Biren Singh informed 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 informed 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 of Kangpokpi, Churachandpur and Moreh, he informed.

Stating that so far around 495 guns had been returned out of more than 1000 guns snatched from different police stations, he urged them to return it before security personnel started conducting search operations, so that they could avoid facing legal consequences.

Water Resources Minister Awangbow Newmai, informing the media, on their meeting with Union Home Minister Amit Shah at 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. It is very unfortunate that violent activities had erupted in the State like Manipur, where development is taking place at a fast pace, he reiterated the Home Minister’s words. 

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, adding that the situation of the State would be normalised soon. Amit Shah appealed to the people not to have any apprehension and to have faith in the Government effort and join hands to make the State move towards peace and development, the Minister informed. 

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