Ibobi raps IM on the knuckles

IMPHAL, Apr 10 : Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh has asserted today that though the State Government is not a party in the peace talks between the NSCN-IM and the Centre, his Government will not remain as an onlooker to the violence and crimes perpetrated by the NSCN-IM cadres.

O Ibobi was speaking to a section of the media after calling on Deputy Speaker MK Preshaw Shimray in the latter’s official quarters here this morning.

MK Preshaw Shimray had escaped a bid on his life in an attack by suspected hill based militants at around 3.10 pm in Ukhrul district on Wednesday.

Ibobi along with Tamenglong MLA Janghemlung Panmei and Heingang Assembly Constituency MLA N Biren visited the Deputy Speaker this morning.

Coming out from the meeting, the Chief Minister said his Government will not remain mute on the violence and criminal activities carried out by the NSCN-IM cadres in Manipur. The Chief Minister however, did not directly blame the NSCN-IM cadres for the attack on the Deputy Speaker yesterday.

Condemning the incident, O Ibobi termed the attack as not only an attempt on the life of Mr Shimray but also on the democratic principles of the country.

“In a democratic country there is no place for violence. Violence will only increase the miseries of the people,” the chief minister stated.

Ibobi Singh then challenged, “The outcome of the Lok Sabha election will prove the futility of the gun-culture in a democratic society.”