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Don’t harass former rebels or face action, N. Biren warns security forces

Just a day after the Supreme Court Monday slammed  CBI for its approach on investigation into alleged extra-judicial killings and fake encounters by the Army, Assam Rifles, and Manipur Police, chief minister N. Biren Tuesday said paramilitary forces and police in the state have been asked “to stop forthwith harassing former insurgents” who have joined the mainstream.

The chief minister, who also holds the Home portfolio, was responding to some observations made by Congress MLAs in the state assembly.

According to a report in Indo-Asian News Service, Mr. Biren said strict disciplinary action would be taken up against the security personnel if there were any reports on harassment and torture to former insurgents. “There had been allegations of harassment to some former insurgents despite their signing the suspension of operations agreement with the government,” said Mr. Biren.

Mr. Biren said his government “is taking up suitable actions to curb crimes that have been reported in the state”. Since the setting up of fast-track court for crime against women, eleven persons had been punished, he added.

The anti-corruption cell established by the current state government had also punished 16 officials. As and when there were reports of activities incompatible with the suspension of operations rules, raids were conducted, the chief minister claimed.

According to the report, he admitted that he was surprised when six former insurgent groups — which are signatories to the suspension of operations — had called a 42-hour general strike starting Monday morning.

The strike was called off Monday evening when an assurance was given that after the budget session, the chief minister would meet their representatives to sort out contentious issues. Speaking about the bomb explosions reported at the heart of the capital city, Imphal, Mr. Biren said CCTV cameras would be installed in sensitive areas.

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