Manipur: Security Forces Conduct Search Ops, Recover Arms & Ammunition
A total of 127 checkpoints have been established and 873 individuals detained for rule violations in the strife-torn state.
IMPHAL: Security forces in Manipur have continued their search operations across various districts, resulting in the discovery of arms and ammunition, including mortar shells. A total of 127 checkpoints were established in both valley and hill districts, leading to the detention of 873 individuals on Wednesday for rule violations.
The police reported that search operations were carried out by security forces in the vulnerable areas of Imphal West, Thoubal, Bishnupur, Kangpokpi, and Churachandpur districts. During these operations, one firearm, two local pumpi guns, 50 rounds of ammunition, and eight explosives were recovered from Imphal West and Kangpokpi districts.
In a joint effort, Assam Rifles and state police personnel conducted a search operation in a village located in Kangpokpi district. During this operation, they discovered four mortar bombs concealed in bushes.
To ensure the movement of essential items, 182 vehicles traveled along National Highway-37, while 19 vehicles used NH-2. Strict security measures have been implemented in vulnerable areas, and security convoys are providing protection in sensitive stretches to ensure the safe and unrestricted movement of vehicles.
The ongoing ethnic violence in Manipur, which began on May 3, has claimed over 175 lives and left hundreds injured. The violence erupted during a 'Tribal Solidarity March' organized in the hill districts to protest the majority Meitei community's demand for Scheduled Tribe status. Meiteis make up approximately 53 per cent of Manipur's population and reside mainly in the Imphal valley, while tribals, including Nagas and Kukis, constitute 40 per cent and are concentrated in the hill districts.
Meanwhile, more than 10 people were injured when Manipur security forces fired tear gas shells on protesters for trying to storm police stations and court arrest demanding the unconditional release of the five arrested youths on Thursday.
As a precautionary measure, the state government cancelled curfew relaxations in the twin districts of Imphal from 5pm, officials said.
Responding to a call by six local clubs and Meira Paibis demanding the release of the five village volunteers, hundreds of protesters holding placards and shouting slogans tried to enter the Porompat police station in Imphal East and Singjamei police station and Kwakeithel police outpost in Imphal West district.