Pothashang News Service: Imphal, May 10, 2018: An active manhunt is underway to nab the culprits behind the series of blasts that recently occurred in the state capital, said chief minister N. Biren Singh.
He was interacting with reporters on the sidelines of Hill Leaders’ Day camp held at the Durbar Hall of the chief minister’s secretariat on Thursday.
Two BJF Jawans were killed in a blast near the entrance of 49 BSF, yesterday, which injured three civilians including two ladies, one of whom who was admitted to Raj Medicity was said to be in critical condition.
On the eve of the Koirengei blast a Jawan of 22 Assam Rifles was injured when a twin bomb blasted at PRO office (Sanjeevani) gate, near Imphal Hotel, North AOC, Imphal.
“I have reviewed the situation in a security meeting held at my office last night”, said the chief minister. He felt that certain technical difficulties faced by the intelligence units of the state police department must be addressed at the earliest.
As such, updated technology would be acquired as soon as possible to counter different security threats, said Biren, who is also the in-charge of home department.
Stating that common people may face some inconveniences during the course of search operations conducted by the security agencies, the chief minister urged the public to bear with this inconvenience and extend co-operation to the security personnel to arrest the culprits.
Maintaining that it is the bounden duty of the government to book the anti-social elements and protect the life and property of the common people, the chief minister asserted that the ongoing manhunt would go on until the perpetrators are nabbed.
If peace prevails in Manipur, the state has the potential to become one of the most developed states of the country as there is no dearth of resources and talents, he opined.
For the Hill Leaders Day, the chief minister expressed hope that the number of visitors of this day would automatically come down when the ‘Go to Village’ mission is expanded to more villages, he added.
Biren said provisions of providing allowance to government officials taking part in the mission and acquiring necessary vehicles would be discussed by the state Cabinet soon.
Regarding dredging of riverbeds, he lauded the people who were residing within the limits of the flood plain zoning areas of Imphal River and Nambul River for removing their shops, houses and other structures on their own extending co-operation to the ongoing dredging exercise.
A high level powerful committee comprising high ranking officials of NHPC and the state government had already been formed to jointly tackle flash floods. Hence, there would be no unnecessary delay any more in the opening of sluice gates of Ithai Barrage when required, he added.
The chief minister also said that development of infrastructures of the newly created districts is in active consideration and the construction of the new bridge near Nung Dolan on NH-37 (Imphal-Jiribam road) is nearing completion.
During the Hill Leaders’ Day camp Biren attended to 350 complaints and met around 1000 people from different hill districts of the state from 9 am to 1 pm.