The Awang Nongpok Nupee Lamjing Lup on Friday submitted a memorandum to the Manipur chief minister, the governor and other state officials, demanding stringent security protocols to subdue the attack from Kuki militants on northern valley villages under Khundrakpam assembly constituency.
Speaking to the media at the Manipur press club on Friday, Lamjing Lup Nongmeikapam secretary Bimota Devi urged authorities to ward off and rein in the Kuki militants from burning down villages and attacking civilians at several villages under Khundrakpam assembly constituency.
“The militants burnt down and ransacked four villages in May 3 while 23 foothill villages are currently under attack from militants who are under SoO,” she said.
The militants rain down fire on villagers and security personnel from the hilltop, she added.
She also narrated that there was a heavy exchange of fires between the security forces and militants at Chanung.
She pointed out that a large number of 22 Assam Rifles personnel had been deployed but did not dispense proper security protocols.
Only the state police commandos and personnel of 18 Assam Rifles initiated measures to protect the village and its residents, she stated.
Bimota further alleged that the IRB post at Dolaithabi was handed over to Kuki militants by the 22 Assam Rifles.
She expressed suspicion that 22 Assam Rifles were involved with Kuki militants in torching various villages. Therefore, she demanded authorities to set up police outposts in vantage locations to regain the four villages which include Ekou, Sadu-Yengkhuman, Leitanpokpi and Dolaithabi villages.
“There is immediate need to conduct CI ops against the militants hiding in green covers and track their movements using drones and UAVs,” she said.
She also urged the state government to provide necessary support to all relief camps across the state.
Bimota stated that Meiteis and Kukis have had cordial relations since time immemorial. Both the communities have helped one another in need and do not bore hatred against one another, she added.
She appealed to authorities concerned to provide proper security and relief to the villagers and restore normalcy and peace in the state.