Emergency Manipur Cabinet meeting directs to launch operation in Indo-Myanmar border after killing of police officer

Imphal: An emergency meeting of the Cabinet was held on Tuesday at 11am at the chief minister’s office, which deliberated upon the emergent law and order situation arising in the state in the aftermath of the killing of Chingtham Anand Kumar, MPS, SDPO, Moreh.

The Cabinet directed to launch a joint operation in Moreh and adjoining areas to nab the culprits responsible for the crime, and to continue the same till the culprits are arrested. Cabinet also noted that additional state forces have been detailed from Imphal for the purpose. The operations have since started.

The Cabinet noted that both sides of the ethnic conflict had been exercising restraint and peace has been maintained for the past one-and-half to two months.

The Cabinet approved an ex-gratia of Rs 50 lakh as compensation for the death of Anand Kumar, considering the special duty in a special area. A suitable government employment shall also be provided to the next-of-kin of the deceased martyr.

While a sense of normalcy was slowly settling in, MPS officer Anand Kumar, a resident of Haobam Marak Chingtham Leikai, Imphal has been killed in unprovoked firing by armed Kuki militants while he was on duty overseeing the cleaning of the grounds of Eastern Shine School for construction of helipad, jointly by state force and BSF, said a press release by the chief minister’s secretariat.

The Cabinet condemned the ‘dastardly act’ in strongest terms.

The Cabinet directed that the central and state forces to ensure free movement of transportation and general public along Pallel-Moreh road on NH-102.

It decided that no illegal armed personnel shall be permitted in or around Moreh, considering the strategic position of Moreh town under India’s Act East Policy.

The Cabinet noted that an organization named the World Kuki-Zo Intellectual Council (WKZIC) had issued a press release on October 24 calling upon the Kuki-Zo community that during this November, before the harvesting season, the community will face another war; and arms and ammunition should therefore be in sufficient stock. It further informed that the youth volunteers would be the ones going to face the war on the frontlines, and that its national army / UG groups will join the youth volunteers only in critical situations, citing that this would be because Kuki National army / UG groups would not be able to join the war freely in view of SOO agreement. It further informed that its national volunteers shall be equipped with the best arms and if required, ammunition will be supplied without limit. The Cabinet noted that an FIR has already been lodged against the organization yesterday.

In view of the incident leading to killing of the senior police officer, the Cabinet approved to recommend for declaration of the World Kuki-Zo Intellectual Council (WKZIC), as an unlawful association/organization under section 3 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967.

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