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Assam Rifles DG visits Moreh, reviews situation along Myanmar border

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With Moreh witnessing a restive situation Lt Gen PC Nair, Director General Assam Rifles visited Moreh on Wednesday.

There are persistent attacks on Security Forces. Nair was briefed in Moreh on the present security situation. DG AR met with members of the Civil Society organizations. The CSO leaders who attended the meeting were from the Hill Tribe Council, Kuki Students Organization, Kuki Women’s Union, Human Rights Moreh, Kuki Inpi Tengnoupal, Tamil Sangam, Gorkha Samaj Samiti and Manipur Muslims Council.

Moreh township on the Indo-Myanmar border on the Indian side in Manipur has seen increased violence since the last week of December 23.

The director general listened patiently to the issues of concern being faced by all the groups. In his interaction with them, he said that Moreh is a township that is very different from the other towns in Manipur because of its cosmopolitan nature. People from the Kuki, Meitei, Naga, Tamil, Pangal, Gorkha, Sikh and other communities have been residing for decades in peace and harmony.

The past eight months of strife that was preceded by two years of covid has greatly affected the lives of the children and youth. Their future is at stake and thus there is no other alternative but to shun violence, the DG added.

He further stated that all their grievances will be looked into and studied but it is for the people of Moreh particularly the women to actively act towards restoration of peace. Sounding a note of caution, he also asked all the civil society groups to tell those moving around with weapons that the Central Security Forces shall retaliate in an appropriate manner if provoked or fired upon. It is in everybody’s interest to restore peace and thus everyone’s responsibility to work towards it.

The Kuki-Zo bodies in Kangpokpi District voiced the grievances of the Kuki-Zo people to the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Eastern Command during his maiden visit to the Kuki-Zo dominated Kangpokpi district.

Lieutenant General Ram Chander Tiwari, who assumed the position of General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Eastern Command on January 1, visited the strife-torn Kangpokpi district and met various Kuki-Zo bodies at 22 Assam Rifles Post Kangpokpi.

CoTU’s General Secretary, Lamminlun Singsit said that we have put up the myriads of grievances faced by the Kuki-Zo people including the Moreh issue to the GOC-in-C Eastern Command.

He also said that we have reiterated our demand to withdraw or remove the state police forces, especially the Commandos from the border town to avoid further violence and prevail in peace.

“Moreh was very peaceful even during the initial stage when Manipur violence was at its peak, it was only when the state forces, especially the Meitei Commandos were deployed in the town, the violence ignited and escalated”, he asserted.

Kuki Inpi Sadar Hills submitted a memorandum to the GOC-in-C Eastern Command urging him for a comprehensive review of the Army settlement in the buffer zones, establishment of a rear headquarters on the granted 316 acres of land at Hengbung village in Kangpokpi district, and extension of the tenure of the 22 Assam Rifles.

Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh on Tuesday said that there are chances of fresh attacks and mass combing operations are underway in and around Moreh to nab the armed men.

Biren said that the unified command and combined teams of security forces comprising Assam Rifles, BSF and state police commandos are jointly taking on the militants. “Militants have attacked state police and central forces. It is our primary duty to protect the people and land of the state. The unified command, Assam Rifles, BSF and state forces are countering the attack of the militants.”

He added, “On Monday around 6.30 pm there was firing from the hill tops. It was retailed by joint forces. Till now it is peaceful however there are chances of new attacks. Alert is sounded, combing operation is on, and mass combing operation is under way.”

Security advisor to the Manipur government, Kuldiep Singh said, “In Moreh a lot of village volunteers and militants are there. Trying to evict the commandos from there. Time and again they are told that state forces cannot be asked to evict from any place. State forces will act wherever in the state of Manipur, where the Manipur government sends them.”

On involvement of militants from Myanmar, he said, “We do not have any information, intelligence suggests militants/ miscreants from nearby areas from Churachandpur , Chandel, Tengnoupal have assembled there. Whoever is the culprit, be it of Myanmarese or Indian origin they will be taken to task.”

He added, “On Monday we had a meeting in the chief secretary’s office. Combined offices are fighting them. They are tackling them. In two three days of attack, they have not been able to inflict injury. From all the heights from which they have attacked, those heights we are trying to occupy, yesterday we occupied one and others we will occupy and once this is done, they will not be able to attack the security forces.”

Moreh is just 4 km to the west of Myanmar’s largest border town Tamu. Moreh, which is 110 km south of Imphal, has been restive as a section of people are opposing the deployment of state forces in the area. The area had witnessed a series of violent incidents since May 3.

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