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GK Pillai reviews security in M’pur
Correspondent IMPHAL, FEB 26:
Published on 27 Feb. 2010 12:55 AM IST
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Union home secretary GK Pillai arrived here in Imphal Friday on his two day visit to Manipur to review the internal security scenario of the state and progress of implementation of the ground rules of Suspension of Operation (SoO) agreement with Kuki based militants among others. The Union home secretary attended a meeting of the Strategy and Operational Group (SOG) meeting Friday afternoon at the conference hall of the Old Secretariat, Imphal after visiting a designated camp of Kuki militants at Senapati district. Pillai arrived here at the Imphal Airport at 9.15 am and after a brief halt at Imphal Raj Bhavan proceeded to the Nalajang village where a designated camp of the Kuki National Front (P) of Kuki National Organisation (KNO) was opened in November last year. Around 50 cadres of the outfit are camped at the first ever camp of the Kuki militants maintaining ceasefire with the security forces under the tripartite Suspension of Operation (SoO). A total of 22 camps are to be set up in five locations as per the tripartite agreement signed between Central and state government on one side and KNO and UPF representing 19 different Kuki undergrounds on the other side in August 22, 2008. In the visit, the home secretary was accompanied by Manipur Chief Secretary DS Poonia, DGP Y Joykumar and other top brasses of the state home and police departments. On the way back to Imphal, he also inspected police stations at Kangpokpi, Sapermaina and Sekmai located on the side of the NH-39 where infrastructure development works under the Central sponsored modernization of police force are in progress. Pillai also attended a meeting of the SOG at the conference hall of the Old Secretariat building, Imphal at 1.30 pm. Top brasses of the Army, Assam Rifles, CRPF and BSF establishments and state police department involved in the counter insurgency operation took part in the meeting that reviewed the internal security scenario of the state, an official source said. After the SOG meeting, the Union home secretary also inspected Manipur Police Training School (MPTS), Pangei in Imphal east where infrastructure for upgradation into a police training college is in progress. The home secretary also called upon Chief Minister, O Ibobi Singh at around 6 pm after which he will attend a dinner party hosted by the Manipur government. Pillia on his arrival however did not interact with the media and instead proceeded directly to Imphal Raj Bhavan. As reportedly desire by the visiting home secretary, police authority is arranging a meeting with leaders of Senior Citizens’ for Society who approached the Prime Minister for initiating peace talk or political dialogue between the various major insurgent outfits of Manipur and the Government of India without any condition in the memorandum submitted recently. But, whether the leaders of the SCS will call on accepting the invitation could not be confirmed till the filing of this report. “We are contacting them (leaders of SCS) to give a chance to call on with the home secretary and express their opinion with regard to the initiation of peace talk with insurgents outfits”, a police officer disclosed.

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