The CRPF has directed its personnel hailing from Manipur and on leave in their home state to “immediately” report to their nearest security base with family members in the wake of a CoBRA commando being killed in the ongoing violence in the state.
The commando of the Central Reserve Police Forces CoBRA, who was on leave, was shot dead by armed assailants in his village in Manipur’s Churachandpur district on Friday noon, officials said.
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The headquarters of the 3.25-lakh personnel strong force in Delhi on Friday (May 5) asked all its field commanders to “promptly” contact their off-duty personnel hailing from Manipur and convey them the message.
The directive asks all personnel hailing from Manipur and on leave in their home state to “report immediately” to their nearest security force base along with their family if they feel “unsafe or insecure”.
It has asked its Manipur and Nagaland Sector Office, headquartered in Imphal, to extend “all possible assistance to such personnel promptly”.
Centre reviews security situation
Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Friday (May 6) reviewed the situation with Chief Minister N Biren Singh and top officials, even as the Centre dispatched additional security forces and anti-riot vehicles to maintain peace.
Shah, who is closely monitoring the situation in Manipur and is in constant touch with top functionaries of the state and central governments, held the review meeting through video conference. The chief minister, the state’s chief secretary and DGP, Union home secretary and other senior officials attended the meeting, sources said.
Around 1,000 more central paramilitary personnel with anti-riot vehicles reached Manipur on Friday, sources said.
They said Article 355 of the Constitution has not been invoked in Manipur. Under the provision, the Central government can handle the law and order machinery of a state.
(With Agency inputs)