Security forces destroy 7 bunkers in Manipur

Imphal: Seven illegal bunkers were destroyed by central forces and state police at Koutruk Hill Range on Wednesday as the security forces  conducted search operations in the vulnerable and fringe areas of Manipur.

During the last 24 hours, the situation in the state is still volatile and tense with sporadic incidents of firing and congregation of unruly mob, Manipur Police Control Room said on Thursday.

“Unruly mob stormed 2nd IRB, Naranseina, Keirenphabi Police Outpost and Thanaalawai Police outpost in Bishnupur district and took away arms and ammunitions.”

Unruly mob also attempted to snatch arms and ammunitions from 7th Bn Manipur Rifles, 2nd Bn Manipur Rifles, Heinaang Police station and Singjamei Police station but security forces repelled them, the police control room said.

Exchange of fire between armed miscreants occurred at Koutruk, Haraothel and Senjam Chirang areas in which two persons including one security personnel sustained bullet injuries. Security forces retaliated the firing and repelled the miscreants. The security personnel succumbed to his injury, it added.

It said another unruly crowd of 500-600 persons congregated at Phougakchao Ikhai and security forces fired tear gas shells to disperse the crowd in which around 25 persons sustained minor injuries. 

A total of 129 checkpoints were installed in different districts of Manipur, both in the hill and the valley and police detained 1047 persons in connection with violations in different districts of the state.

Movement of 284 vehicles on NH-37 and 32 vehicles on NH-2 with essential items have been ensured. Strict security measures are taken up in all vulnerable locations and security convoy is provided in sensitive stretches in order to ensure free and safe movement of the vehicles, police said.

It appeals to general public not to believe in rumours and be aware of false videos. Any circulation of unfounded videos etc may be confirmed from the rumour free number – 9233522822 of central control room, it added.

The police department also appealed to public ‘to return the looted arms, ammunition and explosives to the police or nearest security forces immediately’. 

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