Manipur Govt vows to wipe out militancy

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Imphal, Apr 15: Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh has asserted that his government will work against all militants and insurgent groups active in the state. Speaking here on April 14 after releasing the formal report of one year of governance of his government, the Chief Minister said, ''The state government will emphasise on the maintenance of law and order, promotion of peace and protection of territorial integrity.'' Mr Singh's government was formed on March 2, 2007.

"Besides the establishment of the police department, women police stations will be set up in all the district headquarters. A women commando force will also be formed," he added. Mr Singh stated that 1,296 underground cadres were arrested last year while 121 ultras of different underground groups were killed during the same period. While 163 extremists were detained under the National Security Act, six others surrendered themselves to the state government.

Besides, 199 weapons of different varieties and a huge quantity of ammunition was seized during the period and security forces recovered Rs 69,29,848 of the looted cash, the Chief Minister said. While earlier Rs 1.50 lakh was kept as fixed deposit and Rs 1,500 provided as monthly stipend for the militants who had surrendered, the state government had now increased the fixed deposit to Rs five lakh and monthly stipend to Rs 5,000.

The Chief Minister also released a booklet containing the achievements of the various departments.

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