Imphal: Taking serious note of the eruption of inter village clashes over district boundary issue, Chief Minister has urged the people not to take law in their hands, contending that it is the prerogative of the government to decide on boundary dispute.
“If the people have any grievances over boundary issue, they should first approach and lodge a compliant with the nearest Police station and concerned Sub Divisional Officers to allow the government to resolve the issue. But don’t take law into the hands. Government won’t remain silent if the civilians take law into their hands”, Chief Minister said on the sidelines of flagging off ceremony of the Manipur Chapter of the Purvottar Bharat Parikrama from the Western Gate of Kangla on Tuesday.
Chief Minister said, let the present district boundaries maintain its status quo. For the prsent, State government has no any plan to conduct demarcation of the district boundaries. The district boundary committee once constituted by the previous government is yet to be functional. Let’s maintain love and peace in the state.
He said that the aggrieved villagers should lodge compliant with the SDO or nearest Police station about their problems instead of engaging themselves in clashes over land dispute, maintaining that it is the government who would decide on the matter.
With regard to the recent communal tension erupted as fallout of the hate speech made by a Christian Evangelist targeting a particular community, Chief Minister said that state government is closely monitoring the situation. India is a secular country where anybody can embrace and follow any religion and faith. However, making hate speech targeting one’s religious faith should be avoided as it is unconstitutional. Government will take action against those who are making blasphemous speech which hurt the sentiment of a faith, he maintained.
The Chief Minister further said the idea of the rally is to bring coordination, love, understanding and unity among the States of the North eastern region. Highlighting efforts under the Prime Minister towards achieving a united India under the Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat mission, the Chief Minister said students from different parts of the country are visiting the State and at the same time students from the State are visiting other parts of the country to connect the youths across the country and bring them closer to one another.
Biren further lauded the Indian Army for organising the car rally for the North Eastern States and said this will help in bringing a United India and United North East.
As part of the ceremony, Chief Minister also presented school bags made from recycled Army Uniforms and books to the students of Iroishemba Upper Primary School. The Purvottar Bharat Parikrama North East Car Rally is organised by the Eastern Command as part of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav commemorating 75 years of Independence. The rally will drive through all the eight States of the North East, with the theme being connecting the eight States and paying homage to the freedom fighters of the region.
The car rally has one SUV representing one State each, wherein the rally is traversing through and two SUVs representing the Indian Army. It was flagged off on March 22 on the eve of Saheedi Diwas 2023from Kolkatta. It has the objective to celebrate the spirit of Independent India, national integration and to build an inclusive mindset in the local youth, among other objectives.