Imphal: Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh on Tuesday flagged off 12 GPS-enabled highway patrol vehicles, exuding confidence they would enhance the security of the people and goods moving on the national highways.
N Biren flagged off the vehicles from the Western Gate of the Chief Minister’s Secretariat here.
The vehicles included three each for Tamenglong and Noney districts, and two each for Kangpokpi, Senapati and Tengnoupal districts.
Earlier, five such vehicles for Senapati district and three vehicles for Kangpokpi district were flagged off on May 13. Another five vehicles for Tengnoupal District and two vehicles for Tamenglong District were also flagged off on June 8 and June 10.
N. Biren stated that the GPS-enabled highway patrol vehicles were being launched to enable quick response from the police to any incident that takes place along the National Highways in the state. The location of the patrol vehicles can be tracked from the Police headquarters. Stating that the vehicles flagged off during the day could accommodate a minimum of 10 police personnel, he mentioned the patrol teams would help to stop threatening and extortion of truck and bus drivers by unknown miscreants along the National Highways.
The Chief Minister further said that the state’s law and order had significantly improved with the tireless day and night service given by the police personnel and also with the support and cooperation of the public.
There is now no need for security convoys for transportation of oil tankers in the state, he said. Asserting the aim of the government is to ensure people’s welfare and safety, he said work on police modernisation to change the morale of the personnel and make them people-friendly has been started.
N. Biren said construction of 34 Police stations along the Indo-Myanmar Border from Behiang to Jessami had started and added that with all such initiatives, the state would be able to check and stop illegal immigration and drug trafficking along the border areas. Terming the police as protectors of life and property of people, he asked police personnel to be always ready to help the public timely and also to ensure no damage is caused to the people.