Imphal: Manipur’s Social Welfare Minister Heikham Dingo Singh pledged more state security forces at the foothills of Sekmai Assembly constituency to safeguard and protect villagers and farmers.
The minister pledged this while chairing a meeting with village elders and Meira Paibis at Kadangband Community Hall, which is one of the hotspots of the current ethnic violence between the Meiteis and Kukis which started on May 3.
During the meeting, the villagers urged the Minister to replace the Assam Rifles with State security forces for their safety and farmers.
The Minister said that he would certainly consult with the Chief Minister, N Biren Singh, and replace the Assam Rifles personnel with the state security forces.
While stating he was always ready to sacrifice for the sake of the public, the Minister also appealed to the villagers to fight unitedly without any political affiliation.
Dingo also acknowledged that about ninety per cent of the current violence is taking place in his constituency, Sekmai AC, and promised more state security forces at the foothills of his constituency.
At the end of the meeting, a two-minute silence was observed to pay homage to S. Subol Singh, who was killed by suspected Kuki militants at Kadangband Party II on Monday.