IRB deployment on NH-53 discussed
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, September 11: With the heat on the Government to provide adequate security along the National Highways, the apex security meeting held today with Chief Minister O Ibobi in the chair discussed at length the possibilities as well as the finer details of deploying IRB personnel round the clock on NH-53.The meeting also discussed on launching fresh counter-insurgency operations in the State including the four valley districts of Manipur.

Top ranking officials including DGP S Bimalchandra, GOC Zakhama, DIG Assam Rifles, EJ Kochekkan, DIG BSF, PK Mishra, ADGP Y Joykumar and officials from the CRPF, BRTF, SIB attended the meeting.

Disclosing this, a well placed source said that strategies of launching fresh counter-insurgency operations at all the State including the four valley districts were discussed during the meeting.

Crime reports from June till this month were reviewed and studied minutely during the meeting.

Acknowledging that security at NH-53 is weak, the meeting decided that the 3rb IRB personnel would be deployed at the highway once they pass out.

A new post to house the security personnel would be opened.

A prominent official told the meeting that most of the unsavory incidents on NH-39 occur at the stretch within Nagaland, said the source.

Post Piphema patrolling has been intensified on the highway, said the source quoting the official.

The source further said that the BRTF representative told the meeting that the road from Imphal to Barak would be completed by 2004.He further said that the construction of the double lane road from Barak to Jiribam has been unduly delayed due to, lack of adequate security cover.

The decision of the United Committee, Manipur to boycott NH-39 also came up for discussion during the meeting.

The meeting agreed to detail security cover to transport essential goods if any shortage or food grain or petroleum products arises.

Today's apex security meeting was held at the Chief Minister's office.