Duty of police to prevent unwanted activities: CM

IMPHAL,3rd Sep: Chief Minister N Biren Singh has said that the duty of police is to prevent any unwanted and anti-social activities in the state and to protect human life. He was speaking during the inauguration of newly constructed JO and JCO quarters at Manipur Police Training College at Pangei on Monday. CM Biren also inaugurated Joint Interrogation Cell (JIC) at 2nd Manipur Rifles campus earlier in the morning.

The Chief Minister continued that just like doctors whose inadvertent mistake could lead to loss of life, a single mistake committed on the part of police could kill a person. Therefore, police should establish good relationship with public and should act calmly even if the situation at hand is challenging. However, while fighting against any anti-social or anti-national, police personnel should utilise all powers and strength, he stressed.

Biren also said that he had asked all concerned to submit a survey report on the grievances faced by the police personnel deployed/stationed at different outposts and stations so that the government could bring some changes and development for the welfare of police personnel. On top of it, the government has procured 60 Maruti Gypsys out of which 25 will be issued to SDOs and the remaining to police stations where there is shortage of vehicles, Biren disclosed. The government is also planning to buy Scorpio vehicles for district SPs and higher officers, he added.

CM Biren assured to take up necessary steps for developing the police force and maintaining quality infrastructure including police stations even though the state is facing financial problems. He also announced that two IRB battalions will be established soon and recruitment will be done at the earliest. During the times of natural disaster like floods and earthquake, the state forces have been playing pivotal role. However, on a single mistake on the part of police, the people scold them while forgetting the humanitarian service rendered by the police personnel. As such, the people should stop the habit of censuring police and instead establish a cordial relationship with police.

At present, the state police are unlike those in the past years and there is change in behaviour and conduct of police personnel. On the other hand, people started trusting police and even applauded them for rendering their service to the society, said Biren. "We should acknowledge the role of the Police in ‘war against drugs’ across the state. We all should join our hands together to root out drug menace from the state," he exhorted.

The Chief Minister further said that Manipur Police Training College (MPTC) has trained more than 31,000 police personnel of different ranks till now but needs to build such Training College as an ‘Institution of Excellence’ not only in North East Region but in the entire country. Currently, more than 2400 newly recruited police personnel are undergoing training in the college, he added. Speaking on the occasion, Director General of Police LM Khaute conveyed that Police Training School/College serves as the backbone in instilling discipline and professionalism among the police personnel.

Mentioning that the MPTC was established in 1967 as a Training School and later upgraded to college in 2009, the DGP pointed out that MPTC offers various courses including counter insurgency, commando refresher courses, and courses for Gazetted Police Officers, etc. Minister for Works and RD&PR Th Biswajit, MIDA vice-chairman O Lukhoi, Hiyanglam MLA Dr Y Radheshyam, Sekmai MLA H Dingo, Wangjing Tentha MLA P Brojen and other top police officers also attended the function.

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