Heads must roll
IFP Editorial: How could abduction take place in broad daylight in front of several eye-witnesses and under tight security. Police were there not only for the chief minister of the state but also the general public.
Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh on September 22 inaugurated several development projects in Tamenglong district during his visit in the district. During his visit to Tamenglong, the chief minister inaugurated the much awaited PSA oxygen plant 1000 LPM at district hospital Duigailong Tamenglong, additional 50 bedded hospital, a natural football ground as well as transits quarters for doctors and teachers at Tamenglong district headquarter. He also declared GI Tagging of ‘Tamenglong Orange’ and declared Kaimai Railway Station as Rani Gaidinliu Railway Station. He also laid foundation stones for construction of Tamenglong-Mahur road, and announced about backward community funds under NEC for Zeme amounting to Rs 5 crore.
Perhaps, this must be N Biren Singh’s fifth visit to Tamenglong District HQ after becoming the state chief minister, not counting the tours on the Imphal-Jiribam National Highway to check on the condition of the highway and the progress of the new RCC bridges coming up on Barak, Makru and Irang rivers. The path to improvement of National Highway 37 from bailey bridges to RCC bridges is the singular achievement of the N Biren Singh-led coalition government. In fact, it was his long cherished dream since his days as an Editor of a local vernacular daily when he championed the cause of the Jiribam route due to frequent disturbances on Imphal-Dimapur highway.
In his first visit in 2017 after becoming the chief minister laid the foundation stones for a Water Supply Scheme, 5000 MT FCI warehouse, Transit Accommodation for doctors and teachers and Rani Gaidinliu Women’s Market.
Regarding developmental projects in Tamenglong district, the chief Minister had mentioned that projects like widening of Khongshang-Tamenglong road, construction of FCI godown and water supply scheme at Duithanlong are going on in full swing. The chief minister also assured to revamp the inter-village roads located around Tamenglong district headquarters soon.
In his second visit to the district headquarters in October 2018, the chief minister inaugurated the Rani Gaidinliu Women market and also held a Cabinet meeting then. In December 2019, N Biren Singh in his third visit opened the 16th State Level Orange Festival cum Centenary Celebration of Tamenglong District Administration and promised that Tamenglong Orange would soon receive Geographical Indication (GI) tagging certificate. In his fourth visit, the chief minister is inaugurating a Water Supply Scheme in Tamenglong HQ to cater to the safe drinking water needs of the district HQ, for which he laid the foundation stone in November 2017 and also a Cabinet meeting has been scheduled. Tamenglong drinking water project has two locations, including the lower portion of the water treatment plant and impounding reservoir, and dam at Hangoipat in the carpentry area which is planned to supply water to the lower area of Tamenglong. The second portion is at Joulen in Gadai Hills which includes a dam, impounding water reservoir, water treatment plant, and approach road which is planned to supply water to the main town areas.
Considering the number of projects taken up in the district by the BJP-led government under Chief Minister N Biren Singh, he was given a warm welcome in the district for the Go to Hills 2.0 campaign, despite the voices of protest from certain groups. Sadly, a staunch supporter of Manipur’s territorial integrity and CM Biren Singh was abducted from a function which the CM was attending and shot dead somewhere. Athuan Abonmai, former president of Zeliangrong Baudi, Assam, Manipur, Nagaland (AMN), who was allegedly abducted from Tamenglong district headquarters on Wednesday morning was found dead in Pallong village under Tamei police station in Tamei sub-division. It is not simply imaginable, how could he be abducted in broad daylight in front of several eye-witnesses and police in a place under tight security. People have spoken out and heads must roll for this security lapse starting with the DGP. Police were there not only for the CM but also the general public.