Imphal, May 4:
Chief Minister Manipur Nongthombam Biren Singh chaired a meeting today with Ministers and MLAs and reviewed the unfolding law and order situation in the State. In the meeting, the Government appealed to the people of the State to halt the violence immediately and help in maintaining peace and harmony.
Chief Minister assured that the State Government has been closely monitoring the unfolding situation round the clock since yesterday, in coordination with the Indian Army, the Assam Rifles, CRPF, and BSF deployed in the State, and responding effectively. To augment the State’s capabilities in dealing with the situation, two (2)companies of Rapid Action Force (RAF) have reached Imphal today and are being deployed in the most sensitive areas. Steps have been taken to take out Flag Marches by the military forces.
N. Biren Singh also met Ministers and MLAs from the Naga communities and appealed to them to mediate.
He also made an appeal to the people of Manipur not to circulate unfounded rumors, fake photos and videos as well as unverified information, which have the potential to flare up the present crisis. It was also appealed to stop attacks on religious places such as temples, churches, etc. immediately and not to lend a communal color to the crisis.
Chief Minister said that the people of Manipur have been living unitedly as one people for centuries, and the need of the hour is to maintain this peaceful coexistence and leave a better State for the benefit of our younger generations.
Chief Minister assured that the Government will take strong action against the perpetrators of the inhuman crimes being committed in this violence, irrespective of religious and community affiliation. N. Biren Singh appealed to the people of Manipur belonging to all communities to extend their cooperation and assistance to bring the violence to a complete halt immediately.