Mnp CM reaffirms commitment to fight against drugs menace

Correspondent IMPHAL, Aug 20 | Publish Date: 8/20/2019 12:16:46 PM IST
Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh reaffirmed his government’s commitment on making the state free from drugs menace on Tuesday and announced reward to Thoubal district police for its recent bust of an  illegal drug factory in the district.
In one of the biggest seizure in the region, Manipur police on August 17 busted an illegal drug factory in Thoubal district and seized huge quantity of brown sugar worth over Rs. 150 crore in the international market.
Addressing the state level observation function of Sadbhavana Diwas, the birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, Singh reiterated his government’s strong commitment to carry on its campaign against drugs. 
Drugs and heroin have the potential of destroying whole generations, the chief minister maintained, while stressing the need for a concerted effort to root out drug menace for the future of the state.
He announced that the police team of Thoubal district, led by its SP Dr S Ibomcha, who recently busted a drug factory in the district and seized around 185 kg of heroin, will be rewarded befittingly as done in earlier cases. 
Stating that Imphal-Moreh highway has become a major transit route for drug trafficking, the chief minister said that he has instructed  the State agencies to lay an intelligence network in and around Moreh under a committed officer so that drug peddling from the border town to other parts of the state is prevented effectively.
The chief minister remembered late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi’s works towards bringing emotional oneness and harmony of all the people of India regardless of caste, region, religion or language.
State level function held at 1st MR Banquet Hall was also attended by deputy chief minister Y Joykumar Singh and other ministers and MLAs among others.
Speaking at the occasion, deputy chief minister Y Joykumar said that Manipur may not have the light of development seen today if the then kingdom had not merged with the Indian Union.
He added that there might be many advantages and disadvantages of Manipur being a part of Indian Union but the development witnessed in the state was because it is a  part of India, he added.
He added that Rajiv Gandhi had a firm belief that the country could not progress without harmony among people of different communities and religion. 
Later, the chief minister administered Sadbhavana pledge to the gathering. Ministers, MLAs, top civil and police officers and government employees also attended the function.

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