Imphal, November 2: Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh has said extortion rackets are active in the state but assured people that the problem will be solved once talks with militants and insurgent groups are completed.
The menace of extortion by insurgent and fringe groups hinders the state’s development. Extortion and smuggling are major sources of fund generation for militants and insurgent groups in the state.
Singh said a few local goons also pose as insurgents and try to extort money from people.
“I can assure that once talks with various militant groups are completed, the problem (extortion menace) will be solved,” he told a group of visiting journalists Wednesday.
“Many insurgent groups are under Suspension of Operations (SOO), but there are others (who are active),” he said.
In many cases, some in the SOO camps sneak out and indulge in extortion or get others to indulge in the same, Singh said. (PTI)