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Manipur forces withdrawn
Published on 20 Jun. 2010 1:18 AM IST
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Manipur state security forces, including police commando units, stationed at Jessami in Ukhrul district and Senapati district’s Liyai village to prevent entry of NSCN (I-M) general secretary Th Muivah to Manipur have been pulled out.
Sources said the State forces, deployed to plug possible entry points of Th Muivah since June 3 left border villages late last night and have reached at their respective camps, e-pao reported on its news portal on Saturday.
Villages of Liyai and Jessami in Manipur are located at the inter-state border areas with Nagaland.
The State forces were deployed at these locations following intelligence inputs that the Naga rebel leader might cross into Manipur enroute to Ukhrul district using either Liyai in Senapati district or Jessami village of Ukhrul. Th Muivah left Viswema village near Nagaland capital Kohima on June 4 to proceed to Phek district triggering speculations that he might try to enter Ukhrul through Jessami village.
However, after staying at Pfutsero sub-division of Phek district, the general secretary left the district without entering Manipur.
As a part of the State Government’s steps to foil Muivah’s entry into Manipur, State forces in large number were deployed at Mao area in the early part of May before being replaced by personnel of 4th IRB on May 29.
On the other hand, unidentified persons torched an unoccupied barrack at Taphou village in Senapati district. The empty barrack was reportedly torched on the intervening night of June 17-18, the source added.

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