Imphal: Under attack over the brutal murder of Athuan Abonmai by a suspected hill-based militant group last Wednesday, the N Biren Singh government Sunday undertook a massive rejig of the state’s senior IAS and IPS officers including Tamenglong district.
Abonmai, a social worker and former president of Zeliangrong Baudi, who is known for his bold stand against the NSCN-IM, a Naga militant group led by the Isac-Muivah faction, was shot dead by some unknown armed miscreants after he was kidnapped while he was participating in a government-sponsored outreach programme in Tamenglong district headquarters on last Wednesday.
Following the incident, opposition parties and many civil societies of Manipur have been demanding the removal of Tamenglong DC and SP.
In an order issued by Anna Arambam, Joint Secretary (DP), Government of Manipur, Mohurie Sandip Gopaldas, IPS, SP Tamenglong has been transferred as SP/CID (Technical) and Anupam, IPS, SP/CID (Technical) has been given the charge of Tamenglong.
In a separate order, the Manipur government also transferred 14 IAS officers including Tamenglong DC with immediate effect.
According to the order, Armstrong Pame, IAS, Deputy Commissioner, Tamenglong has been transferred as Special Secretary (RD&PR/Power) & SMD/MSRLM in addition. In his place, Hungyo Worshang, IAS, Deputy Commissioner, Kamjong will be the new DC of Tamenglong.
While, Mannuamching, IAS, Deputy Commissioner, Pherzawl has been shifted as Additional Secretary (Horti&SC/Coop), Joseph Pauline Kamson, IAS, Deputy Commissioner, Ukhrul will be the new DC of Pherzawl. Kengoo Zuringla, IAS, who is currently holding as Additional Secretary (Hort & SC/Coop/TA & Hills) will be the new Additional Secretary (TA & Hills) & Director (Trade, Commerce & Industries) in addition.
Tengnoupal’s DC Naorem Praveen Singh, IAS will be the Additional CEO/Manipur. Nellenthang Tellen, IAS, Joint Secretary (Finance) will be the new Joint Secretary (Finance/Vigilance) & Director (Vigilance) in addition.
Yumnam Robita, IAS, Joint Secretary (RD&PR/Power) & SMD/MSRLM in addition will be the new DC of Bishnupur. Arambam Valentina, IAS who is currently holding Registrar, Cooperative Societies & Joint Secretary (Agriculture/TA & Hills) will hold only Registrar, Cooperative Societies.
On the other hand, L Bikram, IAS, Director (Trade, Commerce & Industries (Director (Vigilance) & Joint Secretary (Vigilance) in addition will be the new DC of Tengnoupal. Ng Roben Singh, IAS, who is currently holding the post of Commissioner of Taxes will be given MD/MSCB in addition.
Ahanthem Subhash Singh, IAS, will be the new DC of Thoubal from his current position as Joint Secretary (DP) & MD/MSCB in addition. Rangnamei Rang Peter, IAS is the new DC of Kamjong from his current position in Thoubal. Bishnupur’s Deputy Commissioner, Krishna Kumar IAS has been shifted to Ukhrul.
In a separate development, the Manipur government has requested the Union ministry of home affairs (MHA) to hand over the probe into the killing of a former tribe council leader to the National Investigation Agency (NIA).
The incident comes in the wake of public outcry over the kidnap and subsequent murder of the former tribe council leader, Athuan Abonmai.
A joint action committee (JAC), formed in connection with the killing, on Saturday also served a 48-hour ultimatum to the state to arrest the culprits, failing which it threatened to launch a series of agitation.
In an official letter to the MHA, H Gyan Prakash, the special secretary of the state home department, told the Ministry that the matter was “sensitive” and required investigation by the NIA.