Everyone in state force is Manipuri Indian: Biren

Imphal: When one enters the state force or services, one should consider everyone as Indians or Manipuris, chief minister N. Biren Singh said on the 132nd Manipur Police Raising Day celebration held the 1st Manipur Rifles Parade ground, here on Thursday.

“One may be a Meitei, Pangal, Kuki or Naga but once we don the police uniform, we should consider everyone to be the same and the priority should be to maintain law and order and protect lives and property,” the chief minister said.

On the role of the police, Biren said when the police fail to discharge their duties properly, lawbreakers take advantage.

The chief minister announced that a women’s police battalion will be set up soon and that ration money allowance for police personnel will be enhanced by Rs. 500 each.

He said there are no personnel or officers in the state police who have not taken extra duty during the past five or so months.

“We cannot forget the role played by the state police during the initial stage of the turmoil in moving families affected by the violence to shelter or relief camps.”

Some of the arms and ammunition looted from the state police have been returned, and many have been recovered during combing operations conducted by combined teams from both hills and valley districts. Many have voluntarily returned weapons while expressing their confidence in the police and security forces, he said. He appealed to those who have possession of illegal arms and weapons to return those to the state government. “No case or FIR will be taken up against those voluntarily surrendering their illegal weapons.”

The chief minister stressed on the issue of drug abuse and said the War on Drugs campaign is not against any individual or community, but to safeguard and protect the present and future generations.

He said surveys are being conducted to identify poppy plantations at different locations even using drones and UAVs.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home minister Amit Shah, Defence minister Rajnath Singh and other central leaders is monitoring Manipur closely, Biren said and lauded all central ministries for their support and cooperation.

He appealed to those blocking the National Highways to ensure free movement along the highways so that essential commodities reach all corners of the state including Churachandpur and Moreh and to strengthen the state’s economy.

The chief minister also appealed against threatening drivers along the highways, extortions including in valley districts, threatening public, business persons, companies, and further warned of counter measures from the state commandos to curb such unwanted incidents.

Biren extended his condolences to the 11 personnel including eight personnel of the Manipur Police, one from Assam Rifles and two from BSF who sacrificed their lives to protect lives, property and unity in the present turmoil which began on May 3. He said Manipur salutes and pays respect to the brave souls for their sacrifices.

DGP Rajiv Singh highlighted the history of the Manipur Police and said 132 year is an important milestone in the history of any institution.

Following the Battle of Khongjom in 1891, the British organised for the first time the State Military Police of Manipur, the forerunner of the Manipur Rifles, he said.

On 22nd October 1948, the State Manipur Police was renamed as Manipur Rifles, he said.

The DGP also spoke on the efforts taken up by the police with support from the CAPF, Army during the violence which started on May 3, and said the state police with the support of CAPF and other security forces have responded immediately and heavily engaged in controlling the violence with priority on saving lives and property in the affected districts.

The chief minister handed over the DGP Running Trophies. 1st Battalion Manipur Rifles won the DGP Running Trophies for the Best Battalion, Lamphel Police station, Imphal West district won the DGP Manipur Running Trophies for the Best Police Station, while Dr Asem Satyabati Devi of Lilong Police station, Thoubal district won the Best Police Officer 2023.

Other main highlights of the observation were the Nishan Toli and March Past comprising 13 contingents. The Manipur Police Sports Club also showcased a skill show followed by a motorcycle display by personnel of the state police.

The chief minister also released a souvenir “Sportstars” as part of the observation.

The observation was also attended by Manipur State Assembly Speaker Thokchom Satyabrata Singh, ministers Thongam Biswajit Singh, Yumnam Khemchand Singh, Konthoujam Govindas Singh, Awongbow Newmai, Dr Sapam Ranjan Singh, Leishangthem Susindro Meitei, Heikham Dingo Sigh, Thounaojam Basantakumar Singh, Khashim Vashum, MP Rajya Sabha Leishemba Sanajaoba, MLAs, chief secretary Dr. Vineet Joshi, security advisor Kuldiep Singh, civil and police senior officials of Central Armed Police Forces, para-military, Army and others attended the function.

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