Imphal, 23 December 2016 ( Evening News ) : Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju has landed in Imphal today to take stock of the current crisis in Manipur. He landed in the Imphal International Airport around 10:30 this morning. He was received by the Additional Chief Secreatary, Gov of Manipur, Suresh Babu and other top officials. Rijiju took part in the high level security meet chaired by the Chief Minister, Okram Ibobi at the CM's Secretariat in Babupara. Chief Secretary and top officials of the state and central police forces also attend the meet.
Later in a press meet at Old Secretariat, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju demanded the Manipur Govt to end the economic blockade by UNC at the earliest. He said steps should be taken up from now or from tomorrow to end the blockade. He also assured of all help from the centre. Rijiju further said the blockade by UNC has caused immense hardships to the people of the state. The minister said he has met with the Chief Minister, Deputy Chief Minister and top police officials regarding the matter. He said additional security forces are being deployed to safeguard the national highways and many more are on their way. It is the responsibility of the state govt to maintain the law & order of the state. Centre has kept a close eye on the events that has unfolded in Manipur and it will provide all assistance needed to contain the situation. On the recent twin ambush on Imphal-Moreh road by the suspected NSCN-IM cadres, Kiren Rijiju said the centre is not aware of any illegal act carried out and that actions will be taken if ground rules are not followed