Let us fight together against drug smugglers
Imphal, Jan 3:
The JAC (Joint Action Committee) formed in response to the killing of civilians and brutality in Lilong Chingjao on January 1st has met with the Chief Minister of Manipur and signed an agreement with the government. As per the agreement, the JAC has agreed to accept the bodies of the deceased for the last rites.
After the meeting with the Chief Minister this afternoon, a member of the JAC spoke to the media and informed reporters that the Chief Minister has agreed to establish a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to look into the matter. The Chief Minister has also agreed to provide government jobs to the immediate family members of the five deceased individuals, as well as to the three individuals who sustained serious injuries and are now disabled. It should be noted that five people were killed and another 14 were injured in a clash with gunmen on the eve of January 1st. The Chief Minister has also agreed to compensate each deceased person’s family with Rs. 10 lakhs, and those with major injuries with Rs. 2 lakhs.
The JAC member further stated that the Chief Minister has agreed to assign a police officer of no lower rank than the SDPO to the Lilong Police Station. Additionally, an outpost will be established between the neighboring areas of Samurou and Lilong.
In response to the unfortunate events that occurred in Lilong on January 1st, the United Meitei Pangal Committee has strongly condemned the incident and appealed to all communities in Manipur to prevent similar incidents from happening in the future. The committee’s Convenor addressed a press conference today, expressing deep concern over the misrepresentation of the recent event on social media. The Convenor emphasized that it was not one community attacking another, but rather the opposite. The committee has called on the government to take immediate action, involving the Cyber Crime Department, against individuals spreading hate comments on social media platforms. The Convenor also highlighted the regrettable politicization of the incident and urged an immediate cessation of such activities for political gain.
Haji Arafat Ali Tampak, President of the Meitei Pangal Council, Manipur, spoke to the media, drawing attention to the serious issue of drug abuse in Manipur. He acknowledged the ongoing efforts of various organizations, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), clubs, and the Chief Minister’s War on Drugs campaign. Haji Arafat Ali urged the Pangal community to stop buying and selling drugs and to cooperate with authorities during anti-drug operations. Stressing the importance of collaboration between the Meitei and Pangal communities, he emphasized the need to eliminate drug kingpins and mafias from Manipur in order to protect future generations from the harmful effects of drug abuse.
Haji Arafat Ali also strongly condemned the recent Lilong incident, where unidentified armed individuals took action without informing local community leaders, resulting in the tragic death of five people and injuries to many.