CM links 2nd MR missing arms case to assembly election
STAFF REPORTER IMPHAL, 6th Apr: Chief minister N Biren has stated that the government has received some records with regard to the missing arms case and the incident was found linked with the last state assembly election. He also said that the matter will be investigated thoroughly and all those involved in the case will be dealt with as per law of the land.
He was attending the 38th foundation day of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) organised by BJP Manipur Pradesh at the party’s office at Nityaipat Chuthek, here Friday. The CM inaugurated the foundation day function by hoisting the party flag.
Speaking as chief guest of the function, Biren disclosed that Assam Rifles arrested two persons along with arms on March 2 last year just before the state assembly election and the arrested persons were handed over to the state police along with the seized arms on the next day. During the investigation of the missing arms case, it was found that the guns recovered by AR last year was one of the five-six 9 mm pistols missing from the armoury of 2nd MR. As such it is certain that the pistols went missing before March 3 last year.
According to Assam Rifles, they arrested the persons and seized the arms for collecting voter cards, Aadhaar card in relation with the assembly election, the CM said and added that the missing arms case is somehow related with the last assembly election. He further said that the government will leave no stone unturned to find out the truth.
Recalling that that there was an incident of a jawan of 1st MR selling ammunition, Biren maintained that such incidents cropped up as a result of rampant corruption of the previous government during the recruitment processes.
Regarding the forged CDA case, the CM clarified that the banks were informed on March 29 not to deliver cash for any cheques after the forged CDAs were detected. Later, principal secretary (finance) Vineet Joshi was asked to write a letter and lodge a complaint to the police. The matter came to light after some suspicious corrections with correction fluids were found in some of the files. The matter was not informed to works minister Biswajit but the official works were carried out with the principal secretary, he maintained.
It is unfortunate for Congress to blame the government of withdrawing public fund fraudulently despite the successful interception and prevention of loss, he continued.
Regarding the works of the BJP government, Biren said that the party is following the footsteps of the party leaders in bringing unity and development in the state. United India and united Manipur are the ideologies that drive the BJP government with PM Modi’s philosophy of promoting regional characters. Stating that all the members in the government are natives of the state, Biren assured that the party will not do anything that will affect the interest of the state.
Clarifying over the cancellation of Good Friday holiday, he said that the order was among a series of orders cancelling holidays for the last couple of days of the financial year. After finding the inclusion of Good Friday, a new order was issued with some amendments cancelling holiday only for banks linked with treasury offices. Besides, he also issued verbal instructions to allow Christian employees to take leave on that day, he said, while maintaining that the previous order was a mistake on the part of the government but not intended to hurt the sentiment of Christian communities.
Informing that the ‘Go to Village’ campaign will kick off from first week of May, the CM urged the people of the state to support the government in its initiatives to bring development in the state.
BJP Manipur Pradesh president and Rajya Sabha MP K Bhabananda attended the occasion as functional president. Ministers, MLAs and senior leaders of the party were also present on the occasion.
‘Pushi amasung Thabak’ a book written by BJP Manipur Pradesh founder member Laimayum Raghumani, party’s monthly publication ‘Thambal Leinam’ and a report on the achievements of the BJP government in 2017-18 were also released as part of the function.
Meanwhile, attending at the 38th foundation day of BJP and one-day booth level worker training programme held at Tamei Community Hall on Friday, former MLA of Tamei constituency and BJP VP Z Kikhonbou Newmai conveyed that the BJP-led coalition government is very much focused on hill areas in contrast to the previous Congress government whose MLAs never bothered to come to the hills.
These days, even CM N Biren regularly tours the hills, he added.
BJP Moirang, Nambol Mandal organise foundation day
On the other-hand, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Moirang and Nambol Mandals celebrated the party's 38th foundation day at Modi Bhawan Moirang and Public Theatre Hall Nambol respectively on Friday.
The function held at Nambol was attended by former union minister Th Chaoba, president of BJP Nambol Mandal S Brajamani, vice-president of BJP Manipur Pradesh Th Basanta and chairperson of Nambol Municipal Council Ch Basanta as presidium members.
During the function at Moirang, Moirang MLA P Sharatchandra distributed Rs 200 each to 100 people, who have not received state or national pension scheme, as monthly pension from his salary.