Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh on Friday appealed to the armed groups in the state to shun hostilities and work towards political solution.
Biren was speaking to the media on Friday at Bir Tikendrajit International Airport during the wreath laying ceremony organised in honour of the three Assam Rifles personnel, who were martyred in a militant attack at Khongtal village in Chandel district on July 29.
Strongly condemning the attack on the Assam Rifle personnel, the chief minister said, "The government would not remain as a silent spectator. The perpetrators would be definitely hunted down."
Biren also promised to provide suitable assistance to the families of the martyred Central forces personnel belonging to Manipur and said that the matter would be tabled in the state cabinet for discussion.
When asked about the casualties of COVID-19 patients, Biren said that all the persons, who had died so far had pre-existing ailments so it was hard to save their lives. However, the government has been trying its best to save every single life, he added.
Later, the chief minister met the family members of Ratan Salam, one of the three Assam Rifles slain personnel and expressed his deep condolences. Sharing their grief, Biren said that "attaining martyrdom for the country is like entering heaven alive".
July 31, 2020, 3:23 p.m.