Tribute paid to Rishikumar, DGP seeks cooperation

Imphal: Director general of Police, Manipur, Rajiv Singh urged the people and representatives of civil bodies of Manipur to cooperate with security forces so that normalcy could bring back in Manipur as earlier.

The state police chief  was speaking to reporters on the sideline of wreath laying ceremony late Tourangbam Rishikumar Singh of 6th Manipur Rifles battalion held at Manipur Police Memorial pillar located at 1st Manipur Rifles battalion campus, here on Friday.

Tourangbam Rishikumar Singh, 43, son of late T. Madhuchandra of Wangjing Lamding Mamang Leikai deployed at Senjam Chirang, Imphal West received bullet injury on his head, suspected to be a sniper rifle shot, on Thursday evening. 

He received the injury while trying to evacuate the villagers to a safer place from the attack of Kuki militants. One village defence volunteer also received minor bullet injury on his ear.

Rishikumar, after given treatment at Raj Medicity, succumbed to his injury at the hospital at around 8 pm on Thursday.

Rajiv said it is unfortunate that some security personnel have died during the present clash. The department is trying to take care of the family members of the deceased state security personnel. 

“The state police department is trying to bring peace in both hills and valleys,” he said and appealed the people across the state to cooperate with the security forces restore peace in Manipur at the earliest. 

The security forces of the state including central forces are trying hard to decrease the loss of life and it has been decreasing gradually, he added.

Responding to reporters on snatched arms and ammunitions from security forces, Rajiv said the police department will take stringent action for the act of violence. The department has started inquiry and investigation for the recent incident occurred at 2nd IRB stationed at Narenseina, Bishnupur district.

A tribute was paid on the mortal remain of Rishikumar. Manipur Rifles personnel paid gun salutes.

The mortal remain was taken to his birth place for last rite.

Ministers K. Govindas and Heikham Dingo; MLAs Khongbantabam Ibomcha and Surjakumar Okram, high ranking officers and family members of the deceased participated in the ceremony.

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