State CSOs likely to come under NIA scanner, says CM Biren

IMPHAL, 31st Oct: While hinting that the case relating to arrest of five NIPCO members including president Oinam Premjit in connection with Nagamapal bomb blast would be handed over to the National Investigation Agency (NIA), chief minister N Biren has said that the central agency might screen civil society organisations (CSOs) of the state.
Responding to a query raised by media persons on the sidelines of Rastriya Sankalp Diwas observance, the chief minister said it was very unfortunate that members of a civil society organisation were found involved in the bomb attack on CRPF and indulged in such acts of terrorism apart from recovering weapons from them.
While stating that government considers the killing and casualties inflicted on CRPF personnel in Nagamapal blast seriously, Biren reiterated this particular case would be handed over to NIA for further investigation. After handing the case to NIA, the probe agency might take up steps to screen CSOs of the state, Biren said while maintaining that government never considers all CSOs incorrectly. He also said that government will discuss when to hand over the case to NIA as suspects have been nabbed apart from collecting evidences.
Reflecting on the involvement of the CSO in the attack, Biren also conceded that he now feels uneasy to meet CSO members freely like before.
Observance of Rashtriya Sankalp Diwas was organised by the state government at the CM’s secretariat in remembrance of the day former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was killed by his bodyguards.
Recalling Operation Blue Star in Punjab, Biren said that the army crackdown, which resulted in confiscation of several weapons and arrest of large number of terrorists from the Golden Temple, was ordered in the larger interest of national security. But Prime Minister Indira Gandhi paid the price with her life, he said while adding that the most dangerous situation one could face is the presence of enemy among his/her near and dear ones.
Likewise, it was shocking to find involvement of a CSO in the attack on CRPF in Imphal and subsequent arrest of its leaders along with arms and ammunition. This development is an important turning point for the state makes him uneasy to meet freely the members of CSOs like before, the CM state. All human beings will die one day but doing something significant for the people before his last breathe is the aim he is looking forward, Biren said.
Though the government had given free access to visitors in government offices, the situation has made him rethink the need to review the policy. Enemies should stay away from one another instead of hiding in plain sight posing as friends, he said.
Biren then asked ministers, MLAs, bureaucrats and police personnel to give up the habit of being open and free to all but stay alert from such threats. At the same time, security agencies in the state also need to change their outlook considering the recent development, he added.
Regarding the observance, the CM highlighted Indira Gandhi’s contributions in safeguarding the integrity of India and bringing the country towards advancement and development. He urged the people of the state to take the pledge of strengthening the integrity and unity of the country following her ideals.
Indira Gandhi was an outstanding and dedicated leader of the country and at the international level as well, Biren said, while urging the people to uphold her principles and make India a powerful and united country.
Deputy CM Y Joykumar, who attended the observance as functional president, opined that the strength of the country lies in its unity. On her death anniversary, the present generation must appreciate Indira Gandhi’s roles in nation building and maintaining unity, the Dy CM said.
CAF&PD minister Karam Shyam, MPCB chairman L Radhakishore, MLA S Subhaschandra, chief secretary Dr J Suresh Babu and high ranking civil and police officers also attended the observance. Teachers and students of Shri Shri Balmukunda Dev Music College presented patriotic opening and closing songs.

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