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Biren invites insurgent groups for talks

Correspondent IMPHAL, Jul 10: | Publish Date: 7/11/2018 12:07:27 AM IST
Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh Tuesday reiterated that the government was keen to have dialogue with insurgent groups in the state. In this connection, he appealed to the insurgent group to shun violence and come to the negotiating table. The chief minister renewed his appeal during a wreath laying-cum-last respect paying ceremony to the deceased Assam Rifles personnel Ningthoujam Subhash Chandra Singh, who was killed in an IED explosion planted by PLA rebels in Manipur’s Kamjong district on Monday.
The deceased rifleman was a native of Manipur’s Khangabok Awang Leikai in Thoubal district. After paying the last respect, the coffin containing the body was handed over to the family for performing his last rites. 
Talking to reporters after the ceremony held at Imphal International Airport, Singh strongly condemned the attack where three AR jawans were also injured.
The chief minister informed that a massive search operation is underway in the area to hunt down the perpetrators. 
“The search operation would continue till the culprits are nabbed. They would be hunted down soon,” he added.
Asserting that violence will never bring solution to any issue, the chief minister said that government has been urging all the armed groups to come to the negotiating table for seeking political solution. 
However, some groups still continue to indulge in violence, he said.
The chief minister added that his government was keen to have a dialogue with various insurgent outfits operating in the state with the involvement of Centre to find a political solution and bring lasting peace in the state.
“We want dialogue with those who have taken up arms. A peaceful solution is very much needed for development to take,” he said. 
Apart from the chief minister, today’s wreath laying and last respect paying ceremony was attended by state deputy chief minister Y Joykumar Singh, chief secretary Dr J Suresh Babu, DGP LM Khoute and high ranking officials of state police, paramilitary forces and army among others.

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