Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh said that the government would review the manner in which gun licenses are issued in the state.
This comment of the chief minister came against the backdrop of the killing of Laishram Rameshwor Singh (57), the convener of the ex-servicemen cell of BJP Manipur Pradesh on January 24.
Police accused one Ayekpam Keshorjit (46) of killing the BJP leader using a licensed gun. The accused surrendered to the police later in the day along with his licensed gun.
Given the development, Biren Singh said that the criteria for issuing gun licenses would be reviewed. The chief minister also expressed grave concern over misusing licensed guns.
“There is a need for relooking whether gun licenses were issued to those who actually needed arms to protect themselves,” Biren Singh said on January 25.
“Whether they (gun license holders) truly need arms or whether their lives were actually under threat and whether they met the criteria for possessing arms is needed to be relooked.”
The chief minister was talking to media persons on the sideline of a condolence service for the late BJP leader at the party office in Imphal on January 25.
Apart from the chief minister, ministers, MLAs of BJP, state party leaders, ex-servicemen and workers took part in the offering of floral tributes to the BJP leader.
The BJP leader was shot dead on January 24 near his house at Kshetri Leikai in Thoubal district.
Informing that the two accused of the murder case were arrested, Biren Singh said that the investigation is on to know the motive behind the murder.