IMPHAL, Sept 21: The state DGP has issued a press release clarifying and refuting the allegations made by members of the Manipur Chemist and Druggist Association the police remained mute spectators to attacks on their consignement in an escorted convoy recently.
The release has clarified that the Manipur Police Department did not recieve any complaint or report from the MCDA prior to the incident of burning of the six trucks near Nungkao on September 16 either in writing or verbally.
The statement further said that the police department has been working closely with Transporters’ and Drivers’ Council, Manipur (TDC) because of which “it has been possible to bring more than thousand loaded trucks form Jiribam on each occasion.”
“Manipur police have been taking appropriate action, as per the suggestion and feedback from the TDC members. We have further revamped security arrangement along NH-53 detailing a number of Commandants of MR/IR Bns. following the incident of Nungkao on September 16,” said the police department and added that “it has been possible to bring more than 1000 loaded trucks safely without any untoward incident to Imphal along NH-53 after the incident of September 16.”
While regretting the burning down of six trucks near Nungkao on September 16, the DGP refuted that the state police department did not receive any complaint or report from any members of MCDA prior to the incident of burning of six trucks near Nungkao on September 16 either in writing or verbally as charged by some members of the MCDA.
While agreeing that the incident at Nungkao was regrettable and that the loss suffered in the arson should be appropriately compensated, the DGP said the incident should not be exploited to create panic and make unreasonable demand.
It has also stated that further informed the general public that 28 medicine laden trucks were in the convoy brought from Jiribam.
It has further added that the panicky picture of the non availability of drugs and medicine in the state given by the MCDA cannot be correct particularly after the arrival of 26 medicine loaded trucks (two of the 28 were burned down) just a few days ago.
The police department has also refuted that manufacturers have stalled sending their medicines into the state. “The assertion made by members of MSDA that transportation of medicine has been stopped by the manufacturers after the incident of September 16 may not also be correct as we have three trucks laden with drugs and medicines already parked at Jiribam awaiting the next convoy to Imphal,” asserted the DGP.
The state police chief through the release has further urged the members of MCDA not to give incorrect picture to the general public but rather seek cooperation of the police and appropriate compensation from the government.
As against the allegation that no FIR has been filed on the burning of the trucks, the DGP further clarified on the allegation that no FIR has been filed on the burning of the trucks, that a suo motto FIR has been registered by Nungba police station under FIR No. 23 (9)11 of Nungba PS u/s 435/34 IPC.