Imphal, November 16, 2107(DIPR): Chief Minister N. Biren Singh announced that the government would provide Rs 20 lakh financial assistance to the next of kin of the deceased in the road mishap that killed three Manipur Rifles personnel when the escort vehicle fell into a gorge in the Tamenglong-Khongsang road near Khongsang yesterday. This was stated by him while meeting the family members of the deceased at JNIMS Morgue today.

Speaking to the media persons, Chief Minister said that the security personnel had died in the line of duty on a special mission of the new government “Go to the Hills” mission so the government is taking the matter seriously. The government would also provide financial support of Rs 5 lakh each to those injured personnel, he added. The proposal for providing financial aid would be placed before the Cabinet, he added. Expressing deepest condolences, Chief Minister extended his heartfelt sympathies to the bereaved families.

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Replying to a query about the recent ambush that killed 2 AR jawans in Chandel district recently, Chief Minister said that violence will not bring any solution and it hampers in bringing peace and prosperity in the State. Political dialogue is very much needed to resolve any issues, he added. Chief Minister further stated that the State government is planning to have political dialogue with the insurgents/outfits if the Centre gives their approval for the talks.

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Earlier in the morning, Chief Minister visited the injured victims of the road mishap to enquire about their health conditions who are undergoing treatment at Shija Hospitals, Langol. Biren gave some financial assistance to the families of the injured personnel. He assured that the medical expenses during the treatment will be borne by the government. He directed the doctors and paramedical staffs of Shija Hospitals to extend best-possible treatment to those injured in the accident.

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MP Rajya Sabha Ksh. Bhabananda Singh, Minister for Forest and Envinronment Th. Shyamkumar, Minister for Agriculture V. Hangkhanlian, Parliamentary Secretaries, MLAs, and DGP accompanied Chief Minister during the visit.


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