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SITUATION NOW CALM IN CHASSAD, COMMITTEE FORMED: CM

Published on Tue, 17 Mar, 2020 Both


Imphal, March 16, 2020: Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh has said that situation in Chassad village of Kamjong District is now under control and the Government has constituted a committee to enquire into the events leading to the incident of violence, burning of houses and vehicles there today.

He was addressing in a press conference held in this regard at Chief Minister’s Secretariat tonight. The Chief Minister said that the three-member committee headed by Additional Chief Secretary Dr. Suhel Akhtar would submit a report within ten days. The committee which comprises other two members namely DIG Smt. Achin Haokip and Joint Secreary Shri Luckyson Ngamsha Kashung would also try to identity the culprits responsible for the incident and enquire into the steps taken up by security forces to control/prevent the incident. He further said that the committee would also suggest measures to prevent similar future incidents.

Shri N. Biren Singh said that the unfortunate incident should be a handy work of some miscreants, and it should not be given a communal colour at all. Taking the matter seriously, the Government immediately sent a team led by Deputy Chief Minister Shri Y. Joykumar to the village to look over the situation and meet leaders of different communities.

Stating that Agriculture Minister Shri V. Hangkhanlian, Education Minister Shri Th. Radheshyam, Water Resources Minister Shri Letpao Haokip, MLAs Shri Khashim Vashum and Shri K. Leishiyo were part of the team, the Chief Minister informed that they headed for Chassad in a helicopter at around 12:10 pm after holding an emergency Cabinet meeting.

Informing that the situation is now calm and he had discussed the matter with the representatives Kuki Inpi as well in his office, Shri N. Biren further said that in addition to a medical team, relief materials including blankets, tents, essential items and drinking water would be sent to the village tomorrow morning. A strong security team led by ADGP Shri L. Kailun is now stationed in the village, he added.

He assured that the Government would build houses for all those whose houses were gutted and compensate for the properties lost in the incident after making an assessment.

The Chief Minister further appealed to the public to maintain calm and avoid spreading rumour on social media which may fuel communal flare-up. As the situation is now under control and the matter is almost resolved, ban on mobile internet may be lifted from tomorrow.