DIPR/STAFF REPORTER IMPHAL, 10th May:
Chief Minister N Biren has contended that the series of blasts that recently rocked the state capital is not due to inadequate security or intelligence but due to lack of technology, while adding that an active manhunt is underway to nab the culprits behind the blasts.
Speaking to media persons on the sidelines of Hill Leaders’ Day at CM’s Secretariat on Thursday, Biren informed that the government had convened a review meeting to ascertain if the recent bomb blasts occurred due to lapses in security or intelligence.
During the meeting, it was felt that certain technical difficulties faced by the intelligence units of the Police Department must be addressed at the earliest. As such, present technology provided to the security and intelligence agencies will soon be upgraded to counteract future incidents, he added.
Condemning the blasts, Biren said that such acts are tormenting the people. Since an attack has occurred, investigation must be conducted. Police and commando personnel cannot rest as they are under the orders of the government to find the culprits, while the culprits cannot rest in fear of getting caught. Thus, this has created chaos and confusion in the state, he maintained.
He said that the government values the lives of innocent public and thus, some suspicious persons and those with past records have been detained since Wednesday and if any of them were found guilty, then befitting punishments will be given as per law of the land.
Stating that common people may face some inconveniences during the course of search operations conducted by the police/security agencies, the Chief Minister urged the public to bear with this inconvenience and extend co-operation with the security personnel in arresting 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 citizens, Biren asserted that the ongoing manhunt would go on until the perpetrators are nabbed while adding that the police have been given strict orders to arrest only those who are guilty.
Nonetheless, it would be best if peaceful dialogues can be conducted instead of resorting to violence. 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.
Regarding the Hill Leaders’ Day, the Chief Minister expressed hope that the number of visitors on this day would automatically come down when the ‘Go to Village’ mission is expanded to more villages. He further expressed elation on receiving feedbacks and suggestions with regard to government schemes from the people of Oinamlong which is about 6-7 km far away from Imphal.
Biren then conveyed that provisions for 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, the Chief Minister 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 and extending co-operation to the ongoing dredging exercise.
Commenting on the construction of crematoriums along the river banks, the CM said that there was no issue if the crematoriums had been constructed with passages allowing free flow of water. However, crematoriums that are blocking the flow of river should be removed, he stated.
Biren further said that a high level committee comprising top officials of NHPC and the State Government had already been formed to jointly tackle flash floods. The committee would soon be submitting a report on its findings. Hence, there would be no unnecessary delay any more in opening the sluice gates of Ithai Barrage as and when required, he added.
The Chief Minister also said that development of infrastructure 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.
On Thursday’s Hill Leaders’ Day, CM Biren attended to 350 complaints and met around 1000 people from different hill districts of the state from 9 am to 1 pm.