Deputy PM seeks Piphema explanation from Jamir
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, September 26: Deputy Prime Minister LK Advani has sought an explanation from Naga land Chief Minister SC Jamir on the Piphema outrage of Sept 5.Simultaneously State Chief Minister O Ibobi has highlighted the need to provide adequate security along the highways and to allot additional security force during a meeting with the Deputy PM today at New Delhi.

Disclosing this, a well placed source from New Delhi said that the Chief Minister briefed LK Advani on the law and order situation in the State during a meeting at the office of the Deputy Prime Minister at North Block today.

Delhi's Manipur Bhawan, Resident Commissioner P Saratchandra accompanied the Chief Minister.

Home Secretary Kamal Pandey and joint Secretary incharge of North East region Surendrakumar were also present at the meeting.

Laying bare the fact that the State Government is in no position to man the National Highways O Ibobi urged Advani to provide adequate security.

The Chief Minister also gave the details of the September 5 Piphema incident to the Deputy Prime Minister and urged Advani to implement the proposal to set up a Highway Protection Force submitted in 1998 by the State Government to the Centre.

The source said that LK Advani immediately contacted Nagaland Chief Minister SC Jamir and asked him to submit a detailed report of the incident to the Ministry of Home Affairs.

Advani also instructed Jamir to beef up security along the highway so that such incidents do not recur.

O Ibobi also urged Advani to implement the Highway Protection Force which was agreed in principle by the Centre in 1998.To this Advani proposed that the State Govt first constitute the Highway Protection Force and the Centre would later reimburse the amount.

The Chief Minister however made it clear that the State is in no position to set up the force now and instead appealed that the Centre implement the scheme.

The Deputy Prime Minister also assured the Chief Minister that' additional central security forces would be deployed in Manipur after the J&K election process is over.