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Manipur observes 68th Independence day


Government committed to ILP implementation, Alternative Arrangment demand ‘almost next to impossible’ – CM  

Imphal, August 16: Amidst the boycott and 12 hour general strike called by various outfits, the 68th Independence day was widely celebrated in Manipur. The state function of the day  was held at 1st Manipur Rifles parade ground with Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh as the chief guest under tight security arrangement.

Unfurling the tri-color National flag, Chief Minister, while addressing the gathering said that his government is also committed to implement Inner Line permit system in the state as demanded by the collective voice of the people. The state government has been urging the centre regarding the issue.

Stating that a thorough discussion on the legal purview of ILP implementation is the need of the hour, he said that government always opens its door for the intellectuals, civil society organizations and citizens to discuss towards bringing about an amicable solution on ILP demand and any other important issue. MLA, Ministers in the state can also detect the illegal immigrants residing in their respective constituencies.

Terming that the use of innocent students and woman by the agitators as a tool for agitation to achieve a demand as unfortunate and misleading, Chief Minister challenged that he would resign if his government is proved to have failed to fulfill any public demand which is practical and lying within the ability extent  of the government.  He appealed the agitating JCILPS for a group discussion as to how ILP could be enforced in the state.

On the deployment of heavy security personals in Ukhrul, CM said that heavy security force is being deployed there for protecting law and order, not for causing inconveniences to innocent denizens, students. If necessary, other districts would also be deployed security.

Stating that the so-called ‘alternative arrangement’ demand of UNC as ‘almost next to impossible’, he said that government, in any circumstances, would not compromise even an inch of Manipur’s territorial integrity. What would be condition of the state if other communities start demanding for alternative arrangement, the CM asked.  

To prevent any untoward incidence while the state was observing independence day,  Imphal witnessed heavy tight security with deploying many armed and unarmed security personnel at almost all the strategic locations in and around Imphal.

Chief Minister distributed one prestigious President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service and 6 Indian Police Medal for Meritorious Service to seven state police personnel on the occasion of the 68th independence day.

Earlier about 36 march past contingents led by H.T Gangte, IPS, Commandant 5th IRB conducted a march past parade during the main function at 1st MR Parade ground. Contingents from BSF, CRPF, 1st MR, 2nd IRB, 9th IRB (Mahila Btn), civil police, Manipur jail, home guard, NCC, Manipur Fire service, Sainik shool, students from government schools and colleges took part during the march past.  Manipur Governor VK Duggal also hoisted the national tricolour at the Raj Bhavan Imphal in connection with the 68th Independence Day celebration in the morning. There are also reports of observing Independence day at all the district headquarters of the state.



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