Manipur chief minister chairs Unified Command meeting

Manipur chief minister chairs Unified Command meeting
A meeting of the Unified Command chaired by Manipur CM N Biren Singh in Imphal on Friday.
Correspondent IMPHAL, Oct 16 | Publish Date: 10/16/2020 12:00:44 PM IST

 CM discusses security issues of upcoming by-polls

Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh on Friday chaired a meeting of the Unified Command to review law and order situation of the state in the backdrop of by-polls in five Assembly constituencies in the state.
The Unified Command is a high level body of the Army, the police and paramilitary forces  to counter militancy and insurgency in which the chief minister is the chairman. While reviewing the prevailing law and order situation of the state, the meeting also discussed issues relating to the upcoming by-election in the five assembly constituencies, an official source said.
The meeting was attended by the state chief secretary, commander of 3 Corps, GOC of 57 Mountain Division, DGP, IGAR, IG CRPF, JD SIB, DIG BSF and other concerned officials, the source added. While observing an improvement in overall law and order in the state, the meeting stressed on the need to beef up counter insurgency operations if insurgents tried to disturb the smooth conduct of the polls.
So far,  there has been no input regarding armed groups operating in the state indulging in violence activities to disturb the free and fearless conduct of the polls, another source said. However, the source maintained that some armed groups, particularly active in hill districts, were likely to indulge in various activities of threatening voters to vote in favour of particular candidates. By-polls in five of the 13 Assembly constituencies where seats were lying vacant in the state Assembly will be held on November 7 along with some other states of the country. Of the five constituencies, three -Lilong and Wangjing-Tentha in Thoubal district and Wangoi in Imphal West district – are in the valley districts while one each –Singhat in Churachandpur and Saitu in Kangpokpi district- are in hill districts.
In the valley districts, the state police had already taken up security measures by conducting random mopping operations in the poll-bound districts, particularly within the jurisdiction of constituencies where by-polls are to be held.
Meanwhile, ex-MLA Ngamthang Haokip who is also an advisor to the state chief minister filed his nomination as BJP candidate for the upcoming by-election in Saitu (ST Reserved) Assembly constituency in Kangpokpi district on Friday.
The by-poll in this constituency was necessitated after he resigned from the state Assembly before quitting Congress to switch to the saffron fold. 
Except Haokip, no other intending persons filed nomination papers for candidature till today even though the by-poll notification allowing filing of nomination papers was issued on October 13. The last date of filing the nomination paper is October 20.
On the other hand, while the ruling BJP has already announced names of candidates to be contest on party tickets in four of the five Assembly constituencies, the Congress and other parties are yet to be name their candidates.
MPCC was reportedly holding a meeting to decide names to be sent as party nominees for the by-polls. 

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