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Manipur govt. not taking action against militants
Correspondent IMPHAL, JUL 21:
Published on 21 Jul. 2010 11:59 PM IST
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Opposition members Wednesday slammed the ruling government for not taking appropriate action against Kuki based militant outfits for signing tripartite Suspension of Operation (SoO) trust with state and as well as the central government.
Opposition member, RK Anand of MPP charged the government for remaining silent against the outfit who have been enjoying ceasefire trust with the government forces and also cited last week’s incident at Moreh where people rose up against the Kuki National Army (KNA) for moving openly with arms and attempting to abduct leaders of civil organizations. He also speculated how the state government signed trust with an outfit like KNA based in Myanmar even though its activities extended to Manipur.
The Kuki National Army was formed in Myanmar with the objective of bringing together all Kuki-inhabited areas separated by artificial boundary created in 1935, specifically in the Kabaw valley of Myanmar and the Kuki inhabited areas in the hill districts of Manipur under one administrative unit called ‘Zalengam’ (Land of freedom).
In case of the eventuality of such integration not materializing, the KNA would aspire to create two Kuki states: one within Burma i.e. ‘Eastern Zalengam’ and the other within India, ‘Western Zalengam’, stated Anand.
However, state chief minister, O. Ibobi fell short of countering the opposition by merely stating that some cadres of the Kuki based militants under Suspension of Operation have been violating round rules and that the government was examining more than 30 cases related with the violation of ground rules by the cadres of the 19 Kuki based outfits signing trust with government of India and Manipur on one side and Kuki National Organisation (KNO) and United People Front (UPF) separately on the other side.
He also stated appropriate actions against violators were taken up and the government had suspended payment of stipends to the cadres of the Zomi Revolutionary Army (ZRA) for involving in misappropriation of government funds from a bank recently, adding stern action would be taken up actions against violators in future.
He affirmed the Joint Monitoring Group (JMG) headed by the state Chief Secretary has been examining the case and further alleged the JMG of SoO had provided a practical forum in addressing violation of ceasefire ground rules citing the recovery of Rs. 4.54 crore which was fraudulently withdrawn from UBI branch in Churachandpur district by the militant group. The chief minister further said development of infrastructures of 10 designated camps was under progress.
He further anticipated once the constructions of the designation camps completed and cadres allowed to stay by depositing their arms under the agreements, extortion and other violation of ground rules could be checked.

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