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one security man for every 50 Manipuri
Correspondent IMPHAL, DEC 8:
Published on 9 Dec. 2009 12:00 AM IST
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An approximate 51, 396 security forces are assisting 5,056 civil police to guard an estimated 25 lakh heads in Manipur where around 10,000 armed cadres of more than 39 militant outfits are operating. This can be estimated as a security man for every 50 heads. According to the latest security deployment chart, a total of 31 battalions of Central Paramilitary Force (28 battalions of Assam Rifles, six battalions of Border Security Force and seven Central Reserved Police Force (CRPF) are deployed in as many as 229 posts open across the state. Over 10 more battalions of Army (Maratha Light Infantry, Gorkha Rifles and Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry are also assisting the Assam Rifles and Manipur Police Commandos in the counter insurgency operation. An estimated 28,000 (counting 1000 per battalion) personnel of 28 battalions of Assam Rifles taking a major role in counter insurgency operations and guarding the international border with the Myanmar are opening posts at as many as 133 posts across the state as per the latest deployment chart. About twenty-eight battalion have been deployed in state to man the said 133 posts. The force has highest number of 34 posts in Chandel district, a border district of Manipur with Myanmar. Churachandpur district, another district bordering with Myanmar has the second with 24 posts. With 16 posts, Ukhrul district has the third highest number of AR posts. It has 14 posts in Senapati districts, nine posts in Tamenglong, 13 in Thoubal district, 10 in Imphal east district, six in Imphal west district, seven in Bishnupur district. These Assam Rifles have been operating under the command of the Inspector General of Assam Rifles (South)- IGAR (S) and 57th Mountain Division. The IGAR (S) covers Ukhrul, Chandel, Imphal east and west districts while 57th Mountain Division has its operations in the rest of the districts. Assam Rifles are deployed with other Army establishments, Maratha Light Infantry, Gorkha Rifles and Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry under the 57th Mountain Division. Seven battalions (32th, 69th, 86th, 88th, 109th, 143th and 172nd) of the Central Reserved Police Force (CRPF) are also deployed in as many as 70 posts in the state. CRPF are mostly utilized in guarding VIP and VVIP and important installations and in the protection of national highway 53 from Imphal to Jiribam. Border Security Force (BSF) has also six battalions in Manipur and they have 26 posts at various places mostly in valley areas and Jiribam sub-division of Imphal east bordering with Assam state. Some of its posts also located along the Imphal-Jiribam section of the NH-53. The Central Security Forces is above the state’s six battalions of Manipur Rifles and Indian reserved battalions with a total manpower strength of 10,396 to assist the various civil police units of 5,056 strength. Manipur government has also recently decided to open nine more police stations above the existing 93 police stations. According to the 2001 census report, the population of Manipur is 2,388,634, now expected to be 25 lakhs. The state is bounded by the states of Nagaland to the north, Mizoram to the south and Assam to the west. It also borders Myanmar to the east. It covers an area of 22,347 square kilometres (8,628 sq mi). A total of 39 different militant outfits including 18 Kuki militants are enjoying ceasefire with the security forces under the trilateral Suspension of Operation in the state. Among then six outfits- Kangleipak Communist Party (KCP), Kanglei Yawol Kanna Lup (KYKL), Manipur People’s Liberation Front (MPLF), People’s Liberation Army (PLA), People’s Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak (PREPAK) and United National Liberation Front (UNLF) are banned outfits. Intelligence section of the state police department estimated around 10,000 armed cadres of these different outfits are operating actively in the state.

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