CM calls for pol dialogue
With a brave face, DG says killings will not demoralise force

Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, February 21: Strongly condemning the attack on a team of Thoubal police commandos in which four personnel includings its OC N Lokhon were killed yesterday, Chief Minister O Ibobi today renewed his appeal to the armed outfits to come to the negotiating table for a political dialogue.

Leading a hosts of political leaders and high ranking Government officials in paying floral tributes to the slain police commandos at the premises of the 1st Bn MR , the Chief Minister said “They may kill security forces this time and they may also be killed by security forces later, but the loss is for all of us.

Attack, counter attack and killings will not bring any solution.

“They (attackers) capitalised on the advantageous situation yesterday, but none can rule out that we cannot respond likewise in the days to come,” mentioned the CM.

Expressing resentment at the attack, an emotional O Ibobi made a renewed call to underground outfits to abandon violence and opt for a permanent settlement through dialogue asserting that 'gun culture and violence can never guarantee attainment of their (UGs) goal.' When asked on the compensation to be paid to the next of kins of the slain security personnel, the CM maintained that a Cabinet meeting scheduled late evening today will discuss the matter as the issue is within the ambit of State policy.

The Cabinet session will also discuss the overall security scenario prevailing in the State especially in the backdrop of militant outfits intensifying their activities in the recent past including the gunning down of IGP (Intelligence) T Thangthuam and his security escorts.

On the otherhand, DGP AK Parashar accepted that State Police Department has suffered some extent after IGP T Thangthuam was slain and stated that the demise of police personnel yesterday is a 'serious loss'.

The police chief, however, asserted that such losses would not demoralise the police force as the security personnel are trained and ready to handle any situation.

“We will fight with renewed vigour and strong determination and will continue with the task of containing militancy without any letup,” the DGP affirmed.

Conceding that darkness crippled search operations to nab the assailants, Ak Parashar said “our sacred work to safeguard the public and maintain law and order situation would continue as fighting this long drawn battle is unarguably a priority area.” Even though the bodies were brought to rimS morgue this morning post mortem on corpses of Thoubal district police commando's Officer-in-charge N Lokhon of Sambrei village, III IRB riflemen Md Muzibur from Yairipok and Md Nur Ahmed of Thoubal Moijing is informed to have been conducted at the Thoubal police station campus by Dr Manglem yesterday itself.

Post mortem of the PLA cadre identified as Khundrakpam Romen alias Bikash (21) s/o Ningthourel of Khangabok Lamlong Makha Leikai Part-III, who reportedly committed suicide was also conducted at the same spot as the three police personnel.

Romesh' body was, however, not brought to RIMS morgue.

Body of Mongjam Raldayal of Laitonjam Khori Leikai, who succumbed to injuries at JN Hospital was brought to RIMS mortuary today where post mortem was conducted.

In addition to the Chief Minister arriving at the mortuary to offer solace to family members of the deceased personnel O Ibobi was among several of his Ministerial colleagues and top brass of the police department to attend the shock parade and offer floral wreaths at 1st Bn Manipur Rifles parade ground.

The Ministers who attended the ceremony include Th Debendra (Works), Phungzathang Tonsing (Power), Gaikhangam (IPR), Ph Parijat (Agriculture), K Ranjit, C Doungel, Bijoy Koijam, N Biren, N Biren (Phayeng) and Vivek Raj Wangkhem while top police officials who took part in the ceremony included DGP AK Parashar, ex-IGP (LO) A Pradip.

Several army and para-military officials were also present on the occasion.

With a contingent of MR personnel offering gun salute as last respect to their slain officer and colleagues silence was also observed to honour the departed soul.

After the obituary ceremony the bodies were taken to their respective places where last rites according to religious practices were performed.

press source also informed of Bikash' family members and relatives claiming the body and conducting the last rites today.

Bullet wounds were found in the slain PLA cadre's left thigh and another on the right cheek that had penetrated through the temple area, detailed the source.