IMPHAL June 2: A Two days workshop on Unlawful activities ( prevention) Act 1967, amended in Act 29 of 2004 and Act 35 of 2008 was inaugurated today in the presence of S.A. Trevedi, DIG (Investigation and Training) and Pani, SP (Investigation) NIA by Y. Joykumar Singh, DGP, Manipur at 1st MR banquet hall.
The 2 days workshop was organized by the National Investigation Agency, Ministry of Home Affairs, New Delhi.
During the inaugural session Y.Joykumar Singh while addressing the workshop as the chief guest of the function said that the two days workshop was organized by a team of NIA officials to disseminate the information regarding the provision of UA (P) Act to the state forces and also to discussed and analyzed the Act.
He said that the state is second to none in relation to facing insurgencies and its related issues. However apprehensive about the increasing insurgency and conflict related situation in the state the state DGP further, added that even though many police personnel including top ranked officers have been awarded with police gallantries, until and unless appropriate measures are not implemented, it would be hard to control terror and insurgency activities in the state.
He further maintained that even as the state police have registered various UA (P) Act and charge sheeted many, the question remains on how many of the cases were convicted. Because of these reasons the prevailing situation in the state is uncontrollable, he added.
Tpuching on the Landhoni issue, the state DGP further stated that the general public has the knowledge on the issue and the statnce of the NIA regarding Landhoni who was arrested as an alleged cadre of the proscribed UNLF. He further appealed to the state forces that it is necessary to abide by the UA (P) Act.
Nonetheless the state force has been weak in carrying out investigation in many cases. In order to implement the act successfully, the motives of the cases should be thoroughly comprehended in the first place he said.
He added that the seizure memos should be carefully collected by the IOs. In normal cases in the state, the arrested persons should be remanded in the custody for about 15 days only however he suggested that if the level of suspicion of the arrested individual is higher, than he ought to be takenunder custody for 30 days to enable thorough investigation.
Some changes have prevailed in the state home department, lately. Among the changes, out of 10 promotions, 10 % reservations for IOs have been consented by the home department of the state and the Chief Minister in principle.
Any State force personnel, willing to be deputed in NIA, Guwahati for four years, can submit application to their concerned senior officials, Joykumar added.
At present, there are various pending UA(P) Act cases in the four valley districts in the state, the home department has set up four teams for each district to deal with the pending cases in due time, he added.
In the mean time, during the technical session that took placed after the inaugural session SA. Trevedi, DIG (Investigation and Training) and Pani, SP(Investigation NIA) delivered speeches on the topics of UA(P) Act 1967 as well as interacted with the participants of the workshop.