|Okram Ibobi Singh
Imphal, Oct. 19: Chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh today called on the people of the state to co-operate with the police to prevent “anti-people” activities, while blasting the recent attack on migrant workers at Nagamapal in Imphal and yesterday’s bomb blast at a trade hub of the city.
“Attacks on labourers engaged in development activities at Nagamapal and yesterday’s bomb blast were anti-people and anti-development,” Ibobi Singh said, addressing the 121st Manipur Police Raising Day function here today.
This is for the first time that Ibobi Singh reacted to the grenade attack on migrant labourers on September 13 night at Nagamapal here.
Nine migrants labourers engaged in covering a drain in the city were killed and more than 10 were wounded in the grenade attack by suspected militants.
Suspected militants also exploded an improvised explosive device along Mahatma Gandhi Avenue here early yesterday morning.
No one was injured in the blast.
While appealing to the people to help and co-operate with the police, he hinted that in future everybody entering the city would be frisked to prevent planting of bombs.
“If we check each of those entering the city, including vegetable vendors and vehicles, the government will be criticised as harassing the public. Therefore we do not want to resort to such activities,” Ibobi Singh said.
Though the state’s police force was considered one of the most efficient police forces of the country Manipur police were facing a challenge of tackling law and order, fighting militants and also dealing with drug trafficking.
Deputy chief minister Gaikhangam, who is also the home minister, lauded the role of Manipur police in maintaining peace in the state.
He said if the police force did their job with more dedication, the problem of law and order could be resolved.
Ibobi Singh distributed director-general of police’s commendation certificates to 139 police personnel for outstanding work.