Minister on official tour detained by 24 Assam Rifles at Khudengthabi

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AR Major demanded details of minister`™s convoy

IMPHAL, February 9: An official team of the Rural Develop and Panchayati Raj (RD&PR) Department led by Minister Francis Ngajokpa, was detained for several minutes by the 24 Assam Rifles Khudengthabi post along Indo Myanmar road this morning.

The incident comes in the wake of the alleged high handedness meted out to commuters by the 24 Assam Rifles Tengnoupal post which led to the imposition of indefinite bandh along the Imphal-Myanmar road.

The Ministerial team was on official tour to inspect roads constructed in Chandel district under PMGSY. He was accompanied by Tengnoupal MLA, DK Korungthang, Chief Engineer Manipur State Rural Roads Development Agency (MSRRDA), other officials of the RD&PR and media personnel.

The Minister`™s convoy reached the Khudengthabi post around 10.15 am only to find the gate closed.

The escort commander of the convoy approached AR personnel who were deployed at the area asking them to open the gate after explaining about the Minister`™s official visit.

In response the AR personnel asked the escort commander to approach their superior officer, a major name Rocky.

Despite having explained about the official tour, the Major responded that he doubted if the man they were escorting was a real Minister.

Frustrated over the detention, the Tengnoupal MLA, DK Korungthang stepped down from the vehicle and demanded why the Minister`™s convoy was not allowed to pass.

In response the Major demanded details of the tour and numbers of security personnel and officials.

Later, the convoy was allowed to pass after detention for about 10 minutes.

Soon after crossing the gate the Minister called up the deputy Chief Minister who also holds the home portfolio, and inform him about the unfortunate incident.

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