Imphal, July 13: The State government won’t remain a mute spectator and will teach a befitting lesson to the people behind the ambush in Ukhrul to show that the rule of law still exists in the State, Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh said today.
CM Okram Ibobi was speaking to media persons during an inspection tour of the ongoing construction works at Sanjenthong, JNIMS Hospital and the Civil Secretariat building today morning.
Replying to queries by media persons about the ambush in Ukhrul in which an ADC member of the district was killed on Saturday, he said that after receiving the news about the incident, a combined team of more than 200 Manipur Police commandos and about 400 MR/IRB personnel rushed to the site of the incident in Ukhrul on Saturday midnight.
Security forces conducted a massive search operation in suspicious areas of Ukhrul, he added.
The CM further said it has been reported that seven suspected cadres were nabbed by the combined team from the Phungleirong area in Ukhrul, adding they have been brought to Imphal for further investigations.
“We all have to know that there is a rule of law in the State whether it is in Tamenglong, Ukhrul or Chandel. We are well prepared enough to confront law breakers of any hues. As NSCN-IM is a signatory of a cease fire agreement with the Indian government, we maintain the agreement till now.”
The Government can’t remain a mute spectator when Naga, Kuki or valley based UGs are violating the law and will do something for safeguarding people in the future, he added.
Expressing optimism that the under construction Sanjenthong Bridge will be completed before the Sangai festival in November 2014, the CM said the lower portion of the bridge has been completed but constructing the upper portion is proving to be difficult as some materials of the portion needs to be imported from the abroad.
The materials will be brought after an agreement with an UK based company and it will take three months for the materials to reach Manipur, he said.
Extremely pleased with the progress of the infrastructural development in JNIMS, he encouraged the construction team to complete most of the building before January next year.
On January, a team of MCI representatives will arrive for inspection, he said, urging the contractors to not delay the construction as negligence will spoil the careers of many students.