Manipur observed Vijay Diwas in a state level observation at the Banquet hall of 1st battalion Manipur Rifles on Saturday and joined the rest of the country in paying tributes to the martyrs who laid down their lives for the Nation during the Indo-Pakistan war in 1971.
Addressing the function, Chief Minister N Biren Singh shared a brief history of the war, stating that the Indo-Pakistan war of 1971 is a memorable and significant war in India’s military history. It is the responsibility of every Indian to strengthen Bharat and that there can be no compromise in making One India, Strong India, he stressed.
Expressing his appreciation to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he said that it is highly important to maintain good diplomatic relations with the neighbouring countries of India as a part of India’s Foreign Policy. Therefore, the prime minister is developing international relations with neighbours like Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan, he added.
Speaking about the Manipur situation, CM Biren appreciated all security forces, police in the state for their efforts in tackling the present situation and in bringing back peace in the state.
“Sometimes, misunderstandings creep up but through joint efforts of all security forces, state police and with support of the people, the situation has improved,” he added.
He urged the security advisor and DGP Manipur to initiate a committee involving police, BSF and experts to look after the social media rumours that create misunderstanding among the people.
“I think such a measure will curb the spread of false propaganda to some extent,” Biren said.
Expressing concern about the influx of Myanmarese nationals into the state, Biren said that there are reports of fighting, bombing in the neighbouring country, and the number of influx may increase. The state government cannot take it lightly what is happening in the border areas, he added.
The capturing of biometrics are underway at Kamjong and Ukhrul under the concerned DCs, he said, adding, the security forces should also not neglect areas like Behiang which is bordering with Myanmar and should take the matter seriously, considering reports of aggressive fighting in the neighbouring country.
Mentioning Sajik Tampak and Biehang border areas, he appealed to the DGP, Manipur and security advisor to send civil police and other forces for capturing of biometric data. He expressed the need to open similar and proper camps with biometric and civil police teams in different border areas.
“We cannot deny humanitarian assistance to those fleeing their country due to the violence, and we are providing medicines and tents for them, but we need to identify them by collecting biometric data and provide temporary shelter. We are only asking them not to construct villages in the state,” Biren said.
The observance was attended by Forest and Environment Minister Th Biswajit, ministers, MLAs, Security Advisor Kuldiep Singh, chief secretary Dr Vineet Joshi, high ranking civil and police officers.
Further, the chief minister also inspected the ongoing construction work of Police HQ at Mantripukhri.
The newly constructed Police HQ will help facilitate the security forces in law enforcement, mobilization of police personnel and overall maintenance of law and order, Biren said. He inspected the progress of the ongoing construction of the PHED Building at Khuyathong.