Goods-laden heavy vehicles that were stranded on the National highways have started arriving in Imphal while curfew has been relaxed for 10 hours in some of the districts including Imphal West and Imphal East.
Addressing a press meet held on Tuesday at CM Secretariate, Security Advisor to the Manipur government, Kuldiep Singh, said the situation in Manipur has improved. "There are no incidents and the state government including security forces are putting in all efforts to check unfounded rumours," he said.
He said, a toll free number ‘9485280461’ under the caption ‘Rumour Free Manipur’ has been introduced to enable the general public to check facts.
Because of the closure of NH2 Imphal-Dimapur Road, trucks ferrying essential commodities are coming through NH37, he said, adding that 20 trucks from Jiribam side were brought with escorts to Imphal.
He further said, 74 goods-laden trucks will reach Imphal by Tuesday evening or by Wednesday morning.
He appealed to those blocking NH 2 to refrain from such activities while informing that a dialogue process involving community leaders have been started to bring peace and harmony in the state.
He assured that essential commodity which had reached Imphal would be redistributed to the hill districts. There should not be any apprehension of not sending essential commodities to hill districts.
The government has started sending essential goods to Churachandpur with security protection, informed the security advisor.
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Special measures are being taken up in those areas where there is mixed population or peripheral areas by deploying heavy security forces, he said.
Briefing the media on the latest situation Kuldiep Singh said, altogether 738 FIRs have been registered and 30 persons arrested in connection with the violence while 456 arms out of the stolen 1070 have been recovered so far.
The death toll reached 73 out of which. 41 was confirmed to be related to the present violence while the number of injured was 243 and arson cases 1813, he said.
Mentioning some incidents that occurred on May 15 and 16, he said that on May 15, there were reports of damaging a resort cum picnic spot located at Hathi, Kanglatongbi under Sekmai police station by suspected militants.
He further said that 20-30 suspected to be militants surrounded a building located at resort and broke glasses of windows and they were trying to fire the building but security forces stormed the area and protected it from fire.
And a trailer truck was burnt down at Kangpokpi district. There are five missing reports at police stations, he informed.
Answering to a question regarding the blockade in NH 2, Kuldiep said that as other routes are available for bringing in supplies the state is refraining from using force.
Highlighting the chief minister's appeal for maintaining peace and harmony in the state, Kuldiep said the state government was making all efforts to bridge the gap between communities.