Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh on Friday informed that sufficient Central and state forces had been deployed in 38 vulnerable foothills located in the peripheral areas of the valley and an operation had been launched to nab armed miscreants in both hills and valley.
The 38 vulnerable areas as informed by the chief minister are Napat, Haotak, Saiton Heiyaikon, Saiton Leitanpokpi, Nganukon, Salai Konjin, Phaogakcha Ikhai Mamang, Torbung, Govindapur, Torbung Bunglow, Phaogakchao Ikhai Maning, Phaogakchao Ikhai Awang, Kawakta Maning, Terakhongsangbi, Khudekpi, Tronglaobi, Oksongbung, Ngangkhalawai, Thamnapokpi, Naranseina, Sunusiphai, Phubala, Thinungei, Ningthoukhong Kha Khunou, Ningthoukhong Macha Ebema, Upokpi, Potsangbam, Nachou, Chothe, Ngariyan Oil Pump, Keinou, Irengbam Foothills, Waroiching, Leimaram, Kamong, Heikrujam, Sagang Bazar and Chairel Manjil.
As many as 34,000 paramilitary personnel have been deployed in the state besides the IRB and MR personnel who went for election duty at Karnataka and had returned, he added.
“The civilians can now stay secure and free from duress and anxiety,” Biren said while speaking to the media at his secretariat in Imphal and assured public safety from armed miscreants.
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He also informed that the abandoned houses in Churachandpur, Moreh and Imphal areas have been guarded by security personnel.
In order to stay safe, Biren also appealed to all the civilians to stay indoors and refrain from any sort of protest in the streets stating that confrontation between security personnel and any armed miscreants may take place and is dangerous for civilian lives.
Stating that only 495 arms have been surrendered so far of the total 1,000 above arms looted by civilians from the state police, he appealed to all concerned to surrender the arms at the earliest to avoid legal consequences.
The concerned can leave the arms in any place and inform the police to collect it, he suggested, cautioning that if central forces started operations to recover the arms, the consequences will be lethal.
The chief minister appealed to all the people of Manipur to restrain from all sorts of violence and work collectively to restore the everlasting peace and harmony in the state.