The Manipur government has sought reports from the Churachandpur DC and SP with regard to the open display of sophisticated firearms by a group of people in a Independence Day parade.
Besides the official district level function at Tuibong ground, another Independence Day parade organised by Zomi Council Steering Committee was held at Lamka ground Churachandpur in which a contingent sporting combat fatigues and armed with sophisticated firearms formed part of the parade on Tuesday.
When Chief Minister N Biren Singh was asked about the incident by mediapersons on Friday, he said that the state government is investigating the incident and how it was allowed to happen.
The chief minister was responding to queries from media-persons on the sidelines of Sadbhavna Diwas function held at Old Secretariat Friday.
He also clarified that the controversial parade was not part of the official Independence Day parade held in the district.
With regard to the demand of 10 Kuki MLAs asking PM Modi to create separate posts of chief secretary and DGP for five hills districts of Manipur, CM Biren on Friday said that everyone was entitled to speak freely in a democracy.
"In a democracy, everyone is entitled to speak freely," the chief minister told reporters.
Manipur security advisor Kuldiep Singh said that the state government has sought a report from the Churachandpur deputy commissioner and SP over the display of sophisticated firearms by a group of people at an unofficial Independence Day celebration.
Kuldiep Singh said that action according to law will be taken against those displaying firearms at the parade on August 15.
“Once the report comes, we will take action against all of them”, he told reporters on the sidelines of the Sadbhavana Diwas function.