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Ibobi calls Cabinet meeting to discuss law and order

IMPHAL, May 22: State chief minister O Ibobi Singh who arrived at Imphal today from the national capital has called a Cabinet meeting tomorrow to discuss the law and order situation in the state.The discussion will focus on the Suspension of Operation, SoO, disturbed area status, modalities of the Special Police Officers and monitoring of functioning of the civil organisations operating in the state, according to a reliable source.Mention may be made that the state chief minister, O Ibobi Singh had been camping at New Delhi in connection with the tripartite talks between the Manipur government, India government and Kuki militants, UPF on the ground rules for the SoO.In the talks which were held on May 19 at a hotel in New Delhi, state chief secretary Jarnail Singh, DGP Y Joykumar and IGP (Intelligence) LM Khoute represented the state government.The outcome of the talks will be discussed in the Cabinet meeting scheduled tomorrow.IGP (Intelligence) Khoute who was nominated to particpate in a conference organised by the Union ministry of home affairs for formulation of the new scheme “Crime and Criminal Network System” could not attend the same due to a busy schedule, as he was engaged in the tripartite talks.RK Tutusana, joint secretary home attended the conference in place of the IGP which was held yesterday in New Delhi.The Cabinet will also review the disturbed area status in the state with special reference to the Imphal municipal area where it was lifted.The review of the disturbed area status in this area is being taken up considering the increasing violence in the area, the source disclosed.The appointment of SPOs to arm the civil populace by setting up village defence guards and its modalities proposed by the state home department will also be discussed in the meeting, the source said.Mention may be made that even though the process for selection of the VDG had already started in Heirok in Thoubal, the same is yet to commence in Lilong Chajing where the state government decided to set up the same under the SPO.On the other hand, two officers of the state police, Thoubal SP Clay Khongsai and SDPO, Imphal west AK Jhalajit had recently been deputed to Jammu and Kashmir to study the implementation of the Jammu and Kashmir Volunteers Force, JKVF. They returned last weekend.The Cabinet will also discuss the functioning of the various civil organisations in the state. Mention may be made that the state police on the directive of the state government has started monitoring the functioning and activities of 24 NGOs including students bodies.Police establishments are also making hectic efforts to identify the names of the office bearers and their founders.Among the list of the NGOs are UCM, MAFYF, AMUCO, COHR, UPF, AMKIL, HRA, MKNM, NIPCO, PLPAM, WASAK,UPAKO, All Manipur Chingmi Tami Apunba Nupi Lup, Kangla Mei, THANIL, AMADA, CLK, IPSA etc. Students bodies like AMSU, MSF, DESAM, MUSU, AISF etc are also in the list.In the meantime, the finance secretary of the MAFYF, RK Bumi, 30, son of Joy of Sagolband Bijoy Govinda was nabbed by the Imphal west police today at around 1.30 pm from Keishampat area.He is likely to be produced before the chief judicial magistrate, Imphal west tomorrow.Mention may be made that the MAFYF president Sapamcha Kangleipal is already under arrest under NSA.
(Courtesy: IFP)

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