I-Day mopping up opn in Imphal

I-Day mopping up opn in Imphal
Manipur police commandos conducting mopping operation at New Checkon, Imphal East on Sunday as part of security measure ahead of ID celebration. (NP)
Correspondent IMPHAL, Aug 12 | Publish Date: 8/12/2018 11:35:46 AM IST


Manipur police commandos arrested an active member of NSCN(K) from Imphal during a mopping operation conducted as part of security measure ahead of Independence Day celebration.

The NSCN(K) member identified as Bachan Balang Kamei alias Acham (29) of Oktan village, Tamenglong district was arrested by the police commandos during a cordon and search operation in Imphal’s North AOC near Raj Medicity hospital on Friday, a press release of the state police PRO said. 

Incriminating articles were also seized from his possession, the release added.

Manipur police have been conducting mopping operations across the valley district, particularly in the twin Imphal districts as part of security measures to thwart prejudicial activities.

On Sunday, mopping operations were conducted at various places in Imphal East and Thoubal district, police sources said.

In the operation at New Checkon, police commandos attached with Imphal East district police detained five suspects. They were later handed over to Porompat police station for further verification and necessary legal procedures. Over 450 people including around 80 women were verified during the operation conducted Sunday evening, an officer supervising the operation said. 

Meanwhile, a senior police officer said that work for security sanitization has been geared up at selected sensitive places.  Random frisking and checking by state security forces have also been intensified, he said.

However, there has been no specific input of militants’ planning to carry out violent attack on or before the Independence Day celebration, he added.

Independence Day observation in Manipur has always been boycotted by various armed groups operating in the state.  Co-ordination Committee (CorCom), a conglomerate of five major rebel groups and other outfits have already given total shutdown calls on the day.

Among the hill based militant groups, Kuki National Front (Nehlun) has also imposed a 24-hour total shutdown in the entire hill districts of Manipur which would be effective from the midnight of August 14.

Citing reasons for boycotting the Independence Day of India, the outfit, in a statement issued to the media houses, said that it was in response to Central government’s indifferent attitude towards the Kukis and its refusal to acknowledge the contribution/sacrifice made by Kukis in the Independence movement of India.

“What’s with the hype surrounding the so called Framework Agreement. It is unacceptable for the Kukis and others to see New Delhi acting on the whims of a particular group while totally ignoring the genuine cause of other group,” read the statement. 

“In fact, the so called Framework Agreement is only a matter of extravagance, considering Nagaland has been curved out of all purposes and matter. What the Central government ought to listen to are the forgotten, the Kukis who have been denied their rightful political status in their very own Kukiland,” the statement alleged.

It added that prevalence of peace and stability amongst the people, communities and tribes is the utmost desire of the outfit. “However, we vehemently against the injustice done to the Kukis by the Centre which is so pre-occupied with the Framework Agreement,” the statement added.


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