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Police failed to safeguard rule of law in Manipur: Opposition
Correspondent IMPHAL, Mar 22:
Published on 23 Mar. 2011 12:36 AM IST
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Opposition Manipur People’s Party (MPP) Tuesday alleged police department for lack of effective measures in safeguarding rule of law and opposed from passing the budgetary allocation for the police department for the 2011-12.
Legislator wing leader of the party O Joy Singh, while moving a policy cut in the House, observed that police department failed in all fronts as no case could be solved in time.
Alleging that the police failed to book culprits in many cases, Joy demanded the total amount of the demand should be reduced to `1.
Moving a token cut, RK Anand, opposition member asserted the department has failed to take up measures to uphold and safeguard rule of law. He also alleged the ruling party on delay in the announcement of the result of DPC for appointment in different categories of post and failure of the department to accommodate successful candidates in the waiting list.
The amount should be reduced to `100, demanded Dr. I Ibohalbi, opposition member and charged police personnel involvement in the extortion of money from the public in the name of insurgencies.
Defending the allegations from the opposition, chief minister O Ibobi Singh, who is in-charge of home department said law and order situation in the state has improved was improving.
Ibobi said the insurgency related fatalities have come down sharply asserting that the number of civilians killed have come down from 92 in 2007 to 20 in 2010. The number of militants arrested has risen from 1296 to 1397 during the same period. A total of 230 militants arrested by security force and police have been detained under NSA during 2010, he added.
The Chief Minister, while making a categorical clarification on the observation made by the opposition, said the government was trying its best to improve the service of the police by strengthening the department.
As part of it, government has increased police manpower significantly during the last two years. This is in line with the advice of the Union Ministry of Home Affairs to strengthen the civil police force, he said.
Ibobi further said the strength of the state police force has increased from 15,414 in January 2008 to 24,618 by January, 2011 through concerted recruitments,. Admitting delay in declaration of DPC for appointment of more personnel, the chief minister said it has been delayed due to limited training facility at the Manipur Police Training College (MPTC).
Once the personnel currently under training completed, results of the pending DPCs will be declared, he said asserting that the second police training centre developing in Jiribam was yet to function.
Later, the House passed Rs 263.79 crore budgetary allocation for the police for the financial year ending March 31, 2012 voice votes.

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