Always be ready to timely help public: Biren instructs cops

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Imphal: Manipur chief minister N. Biren Singh police instructed Manipur Police personnel to be always ready to timely help the public to ensure safety of life and property.

The chief minister made the instruction as he flagged off 12 GPS enabled highway patrol vehicles at the western gate of his secretariat, here on Tuesday.

The government is to ensure its people’s welfare and safety. The government had started the work of police modernisation to change the morale of police and make them people friendly. Necessary equipment had been provided for the modernisation. Meeyam gi Numit is organised in every district including the district police to bring better relations between police and public, the chief minister said.

The patrol vehicles were flagged off  for phase-III. They included three vehicles for Tamenglong district, three for Noney district, two for Kangpokpi district, two for Senapati district and two for Tengnoupal district.

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Five such vehicles for Senapati district and three vehicles for Kangpokpi district were flagged off on May 13 in phase-I. Another five vehicles for Tengnoupal district and two vehicles for Tamenglong district were also flagged off on June 8 and June 19 respectively in phase-II.

The GPS enabled highway patrol vehicles are launched to enable quick response from police to any incident that takes place along the national highways in the state. The location of the patrol vehicles could be tracked from the police headquarter. The vehicle flagged off could accommodate a minimum of 10 police personnel. The patrol teams would help to stop threatening and extortion of truck and bus drivers by unknown miscreants along the National Highways, the chief minister said.

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He appealed to the patrol vehicle teams to use the vehicles with proper maintenance, thinking it as their own property, as government’s property is public property.

The law and order situation of the state had significantly improved with the tireless day and night service from the police side and also with the support and cooperation of the public. As such, there is now no need for security convoys for transportation of oil tankers in the state, he added.

“Construction of 34 police stations along the Indo-Myanmar border from Behiang to Jessami had started. With all such initiatives the state would be able to check and stop illegal immigration and drugs trafficking along the border areas,” Biren said.

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Director general of police Christopher Doungel appreciated the chief minister for his unwavering support to work taken up by the Police department and for his initiatives for the welfare of the people of the state. He said, “The GPS enabled highway patrol vehicles would not only check crimes and extortion, but act as confidence building measures and maintain a better relation between the police and public.”

Ministers Letpao Haokip, Heikham Dingo and Khasim Vashum, Rajya Sabha MP Leishemba Sananjaoba, additional director general of police Clay Khongsai and senior police officers among others attended the flagged off programme.

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