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Manipur urges Home ministry to cancel free movement regime with Myanmar



Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh said that the state government has requested the Union Home ministry to cancel the free movement regime (FMR) with Myanmar.

Singh while talking to media persons in Imphal said, “ “Our government has requested the Union Home Ministry to cancel the free movement regime. Security forces have not properly guarded the border, they should be deployed at zero point, they were found guarding the border 14-15 km inside Indian territory.”

FMR allows people residing on both sides of India-Myanmar border to venture 16 km deep into each other’s territory without any document.

He said the government will continue to deal with the influx of “illegal immigrants” and stressed the need for complete fencing of the India-Myanmar border.

“The Union Home Ministry has taken steps to fence 60 km of the international border in Manipur,” he said.

The CM claimed that the present situation was a result of unplanned policies of the previous governments, and not an immediate aftermath of any recent decision. The CM also came out strongly against the bandh culture.“Over the last two months, the situation has improved and the frequency of firing incidents has come down with the deployment of security forces in vulnerable areas,” he said.Singh claimed that a countrywide survey has found a rise in drug and substance abuse among youths of the state, which was the reason why his government launched a ‘war on drugs’ in 2018.

While making the announcement, the Chief Minister told the media that destruction of illegal poppy cultivation would continue in the state.”Besides, the state forces continue to destroy the illegal poppy cultivation, the Narcotics Control Bureau would also take actions against the illegal poppy trading,” Singh said.

Singh added that incidents of extortion, kidnappings and perpetrating other crimes by miscreants impersonating policemen have increased.

“We have to stay focused on real issues in the state, namely dealing with influx of illegal immigrants, taking up welfare activities for internally displaced people and fighting massive poppy cultivation,” he said.

Illegal weapons
The Manipur government has planned to launch a major operation to recover looted weapons during the violence. There was repeated looting of arms and ammunition. While the state government has decided to have a considerate view on those who return the arms and ammunition.

Manipur government has asked that all illegal weapons held by any person or groups across the State should be surrendered forthwith within a period of 15 days falling which Security Forces, both of the Centre and the State will undertake a strong and comprehensive search operation all over the State to recover such weapons, and all persons associated with any illegal weapons will be dealt with severely, as per the law.

There was an initial report which suggested that 4,000 different types of sophisticated arms and lakhs of different kinds of ammunition were looted from the police stations and outposts by the mobs as the violence broke out in Manipur on May 3. Later there were more instances of looting from the armoury.

The chief minister N Biren Singh on Friday in a statement stated the State Government hereby informs that all illegal weapons held by any person or groups across the State should be surrendered forthwith within a period of 15 days. The State Government is willing to take a considerate view for the persons submitting such illegal weapons within these 15 days.

At the end of the 15 days Security Forces, both of the Centre and the State will undertake a strong and comprehensive search operation all over the State to recover such weapons, and all persons associated with any illegal weapons will be dealt with severely, as per the law.

Inspector General of Police (Operations) I.K. Muivaa last week said that of the weapons that have been “lost”, 1359 firearms and 15,050 various types of ammunition were recovered.

The state government stated that there have been reports of extortion, threats and abduction by miscreants/ groups using illegal weapons. This is a serious matter and the State Government will take strong action against such miscreants/ groups in any part of the State.



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