Govt committed to protection of threatened ADC members
Source: Hueiyen News Service

Imphal, October 14 2010: A high level meeting presided by Chief Minister, O Ibobi today discussed reported threats on the lives of elected councilors of Autonomous (Hill) District Councils for allegedly violating NSCN (IM) diktat.

The meeting resolved to take up special security measures to protect the lives of the councilors.

MPCC president Gaikhangam, Tribal Development minister DD Thaisii, Power Minister, T Phungjathang Tonsing, YAS minister, N Biren attended the meeting in which Chief Secretary, DS Poonia and DGP Y Joykumar were also present among other officials.

The meeting thoroughly discussed the security measures could can be taken up by the government to protect the ADC members who have been under life threat from the NSCN (IM) for defying their diktat.

Sources said that the outfit had issued order to eliminate the Naga members of the ADCs.

The source said that the meeting took a firm decision to challenge the threats posed on the Naga ADC members by providing adequate security escorts to the members who was under threat.

It also resolved to speed up power devolution process.

After the high level meeting reviewed the situation, another meeting was convened by the Chief Minister followed suit and it was attended by around 120 Naga ADC members.

Ministers who took part in the earlier meeting also took part in the second meeting, the source said.

Chief Minister heard the grievances poured out by the Naga ADC members and their pleas to take up adequate security measures.

After hearing the ADC members, Chief Minister assured them that government will provide adequate security for them.

After the high level security meeting held at the conference room of Chief Minister's Secretariat, Chief Minister, O Ibobi called on the Governor Gurbachan Jagat.

Sources said CM might have briefed on the governments action taken report on the threats.

On the other hand, another source said that state Assembly's Hill Areas Committee looking into the powers to be devolved to the ADC is ready to submit their report to the government.

The report will be submitted to the government soon to be tabled at a cabinet meeting, the source added.