MCM calls on CM, submits memo
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, June 04: Amidst the tense situation prevailing in Moreh following the gunning down of a civilian by a UG group yesterday morning, representatives of the Meitei Council Moreh (MCM) called on the Chief Minister today morning during which a memorandum was also submitted.

The MCM representatives who met with the Chief Minister were its general secretary N Pulindro, joint secretary L Inaocha and Kh Ibochouba.

The meeting was also attended by DGP Joykumar and MLA K Ranjit.

Speaking to reporters about the meeting, Pulindro disclosed that the Chief Minister gave some positive assurances during the meeting.

Some of the assurances given by the Chief Minister include posting two companies of IRB at the border town, institution of an enquiry into the killing of Y Roshan of Moreh ward no 7, extension of ex-gratia amount to the family of the deceased if reasonable and to upgrade the existing Moreh Small Town Committee to the status of a municipality.

Concerning the demand of the MCM to shift away the Assam Rifles post from Moreh as highlighted in the memorandum, the Chief Minister maintained that setting up of AR post in border areas was done under a central policy.

As such, the State Govt cannot act on its own regarding removal of AR post from Moreh, Ibobi said.

Yet, the Chief Minister assured that he would sit together with all concerned and look into possibilities of what the State Govt can do on the matter, conveyed Pulindro.

Of the two IRB companies agreed to be stationed in the border town, one will be stationed near Moreh Kondong Lairembi and the another one will be attached to Moreh police station, informed Pulindro quoting the words of DGP Joykumar.

In response to the appraisal of MCM functionaries about shortage of food grains and other essential commodities because of the continuing economic blockade imposed by ATSUM and closure of the Indo-Myanmar border, the Chief Minister issued a written instruction to the Chandel Deputy Commissioner to supply essential food items to the people of Moreh and to allow the MCM representatives carry away the items along with them.

As for the Moreh bandh and the refusal to claim the corpse of Y Roshan, the MCM has no authority to take a final decision on these matteRs N Pulindro informed that a final decision will be adopted only after an extensive consultation with the people of Moreh.