Monday, April 5, 2010

Meet with security advisor proposes beefing up security presence in Imphal area

IMPHAL, April 4: The first high level meeting of the state security advisory body was convened yesterday afternoon soon after Gopal Sharma, Retd. DGP BSF, the security advisor to the chief minister Okram Ibobi, took charge of his new office.

The meeting was held under the chairmanship of the chief minister at his official bungalow from 3.30 pm till around 6.30 pm.and reviewed the existing law and order situation in the state.

The meeting was also attended by the chief secretary Manipur, DS Poonia, commissioner home V Vumlunmang, DGP Y Joykumar Singh, IG, Intelligence LM Khoute and concerned SPs of both Imphal East and Imphal West who submitted reports of various security related problems which hinder the progress of various major projects undertaking in the state.

In particular, the meeting discussed reports of interferences by insurgent groups in the construction work of the Capitol Project at Chingmeirong, Tipaimukh Multipurpose Project, Loktak Downstream Project and various Central projects, the source said.

Report about threats to the non local residents by one insurgent group and te quit notice it served for non locals to leave the state by April 31 was also placed before the knowledge of the newly appointed security advisor.

The source further said Gopal Sharma paid special attention to the existing threats to the non locals by one of the valley based under ground group and recommended providing necessary security measures to the non local on a priority basis.

The source further disclosed that the officials of the state police department led by the DGP clarified that since the announcement of the quit notice during the middle part of February month, special security measures have been taken up by the  state police department to avoid any forms of untoward incident against the non locals in the state.

Besides, it was also explained that the state police department under a strong directive from the state home department initiated night policing in and around the greater Imphal areas by deploying maximum state security forces in various vulnerable junctions of the city and its peripheries.

The source also mention that the security meeting discussed the issue of stoppage of the work progress at various major projects undertaken in the state due to continuous interferences by insurgents.

 The meeting also agreed to entrust the state DGP and chief secretary to formulate an action plan in terms of providing adequate security to ongoing site of major projects.It also advised responsible officials to prepare strategies to be proposed during another meeting of Strategic Operation Group (SOG) likely to be convened shortly.

The security meeting also reviewed the present deployment of state security forces at various vulnerable security areas of the state capital including OP at Northern gate of Babupara near State Guest House, Sanjenthong, Imphal, and various major junctions of the greater Imphal areas.

The meeting also considered the gravity of security threats to VIP, VVIPS and constant attacks on the residential areas as well as business establishments in and around the greater Imphal areas.

It proposed to increase the strength of existing temporary outpost led by the one sub-inspectors each by substituting the commanding officers of the said temporary out posts by an inspector each with enough security strength so as to enable these police personnel to control and prevent any unwanted eventualities at a time.(IFP)

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