DG, Assam Rifles lieutenant general PC Nair visited Moreh on Wednesday to review the security situation and interacted with the soldiers, and received a detailed brief by the Sector Commander, stated a release issued by PIB (Defence Wing).
DG later interacted with members and leaders of the Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) which had a wide representation of the Hill Tribe Council, Kuki Students Organization, Kuki Women’s Union, Human Rights, Kuki Inpi Tengnoupal, Tamil Sangam, Gorkha Samaj Samiti and Manipur Muslims Council, it stated.
It further stated that the Indo-Myanmar town of Moreh has seen an increase in violence since the last week of December 2023. During the interaction, general Nair mentioned that Moreh is an exclusive township and is different from the other towns in Manipur because of its cosmopolitan nature, it mentioned.
He said that the people from all the communities, the Kuki, Meitei, Naga, Tamil, Pangal, Gorkha, Sikh etc have been residing in Moreh for decades in peace and harmony. The past eight months of strife that was preceded by two years of Covid pandemic has greatly affected the lives of the children and youth. Their future is at stake and thus there is no other alternative but to shun violence, it mentioned.
He further stated that all their grievances will be looked into, however, it is for the people of Moreh, particularly the women, to actively act towards restoration of peace.
Sounding a note of caution, he also asked all the civil society groups to inform those moving around with weapons, that the Central Security Forces shall respond in an appropriate manner, if provoked or targeted. It is in everybody’s interest to work towards restoration of peace, he added. DG was accompanied by IG Assam Rifles (South), it stated.
It may be mentioned that DG arrived at Moreh after the army top brass including the Eastern Command GOC and 3 Corps Commander came to the state to directly assess the situation in view of the escalating violence in the border town of Moreh and its surrounding areas.
On Tuesday, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Eastern Command, Lieutenant General Ram Chander Tiwari called on Manipur Governor, Anusuiya Uikey at Raj Bhavan, Imphal to discuss and deliberate on the prevailing law and order situation in Manipur and future trajectory to restore normalcy soon.
General officer commanding Spear Corps, Lieutenant General HS Sahi, AVSM, YSM, SM also visited the Assam Rifles Battalion in Moreh town of Tengnoupal district in Manipur on Tuesday and undertook a comprehensive security review.
During this visit, he engaged in a comprehensive interaction with the Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) wherein, aspects of early normalcy were discussed, it stated.
The visit was aimed at enhancing coordination, understanding ground realities, and fostering open communication channels between the military leadership and operational units, it mentioned.
Lieutenant General HS Sahi, AVSM, YSM, SM, GOC Spear Corps, also visited the Red Shield Division on January 8, and carried out a comprehensive review of operational readiness and its role in Manipur.
The GOC commended the performance and contributions of the officers and soldiers of the division during various operations in Manipur. He acknowledged the pivotal role of the Division for ensuring national security and appreciated the unwavering commitment to operational tasks.
During the visit GOC, inaugurated the newly constructed Amrit Sarovar, symbolizing a new chapter in the Division’s contribution towards the national initiative of ‘Rejuvenating Water Bodies’.
The visit emphasized the Division’s dedication to adapting to changing security dynamics. Corps Commander’s directives on preparedness and training represent a notable milestone in the Division’s commitment and role towards sustaining operational excellence and enhancing the nation’s security.