Manipur observes Anti-Terrorism Day

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Imphal: Led by chief minister N. Biren Singh Manipur observed Anti-Terrorism Day at the 1st Battalion Manipur Rifles Banquet hall on Saturday.

The day is observed as Anti-Terrorism Day every year to remember the assassination of India’s former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi by a suicide bomber at Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu 31 years before. The day is observed to stand and take a pledge against terrorism, Biren said.

“Manipur has witnessed many inhumane activities like planting explosives at private residences. We have to collectively condemn such incidents,” he said.

Over the past five years, the situation in the state has improved tremendously because of the joint effort of the security forces including state forces, central paramilitary forces, intelligence units, etc, he added

He said some 20 years before, foreign investors were unwilling to invest in the state due to the law and order situation then. However, today the Japan International Cooperation Agency has expressed desire to invest in the state, he said and added that it is a clear indication of the improvement in the law and order situation in the state.

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Development and peace go hand in hand. Without a good law and order situation development cannot be brought in the state. The little development and improvement witnessed in the hills today is because of the cooperation of the people and their desire for peace., he added.

In an appeal to the police officers, Biren said maintaining law and order is in their hands and so the government have improved both intelligence networking as well as public-police co-operation.

He said he understands the dedication of the state force and the risk they take. But, sometimes a few individuals mar the image of the entire force with their wrongdoings and misconduct, he said, highlighting the arrest of some personnel in drug related cases.

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He suggested stringent actions against any police personnel found involved in drug cases, including force retirement for drug abusers and addicts in the force. Urging the police higher-ups to screen out drug abusers from the force, he said such individuals slump the whole force’s morale and diminish public trust in the force. They could be taken back if they become clean again, he added.

He expressed concern over the spike witnessed in hate and communal press statements issued among communities and similar social media comments over religion, territory etc and said this needs to be checked immediately. He further advised the Directorate of Information and Public Relations and the home department to take the lead and after proper discussion with the media fraternity, stop the publication, broadcast and circulation of any such statements between communities, association.

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“The law and order situation has improved but we still have to work harder,” he said, expressing desire to improve the intelligence network to strengthen the force further.

Let us protect India and Manipur and face any challenges on the unity and integrity of India and Manipur, he added.

Minister Thongam Biswajit Singh appealed to all to join hands, to fight to protect humanity and combat terrorist activities from our soil and to make a meaning observation of the day.

Thr observation was also attended by Manipur Legislative Assembly Speaker Satyabrata Singh, ministers Letpao Haokip and Kashim Vashum, MP of Rajya Sabha Maharaja Leishemba Sanajaoba, MLAs, chief Sscretary, DGP, officials, among others.

As part of the observance, the chief minister administered the Anti-Terrorism Day Pledge.

Artistes of the Shri Shri Bal Mukanda Dev Government Music College performed the closing and opening songs of the observance.

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