Imphal: Manipur Governor Gurbachan Jagat
on Tuesday said dialogue among representatives of academia, media
and all sections of the society on current problems
particularly insurgency in the state was necessary for
safe-guarding the democracy and peace.
Addressing the Manipur legislative assembly, Jagat said
the government has increased the police manpower significantly
during the last two years as per the instructions and advice
from the Union Home ministry to strengthen the state police.
He said through concerted recruitments, the strength of
the state police force has increased from 15, 414 in January
2008 to 24, 618 by January 2011.
The Governor said with some well-coordinated efforts, the
government has succeeded in moving 18 militant groups under
the two umbrella organisations, namely United People`s Front
and Kuki National Organisation, into 10 designated camps after
signing agreement with the government.
He said as of today 1493 militants were lodged in
government-run camps and 709 arms were deposited.
The Governor said the law and order situation in the state
was showing signs of improvement as the number of civilians
killed and injured came down from 92 and 117 in 2007 to 20 and
53 respectively in 2010.
He said the number of security and police personnel killed
also came down from 41 in 2007 to five in 2010.
On the other hand, the number of extremists arrested has
also risen from 1296 in 2007 to 1397 in 2010, he said.