Barricades removed till Kangvai, 5,668 arms recovered, SoO cadres found absent in D-camps: Police

Imphal: Barricades along the Phougakchao Ikhai (in Bishnupur district) to Kangvai (Churachandpur) route have been completely removed, covering approximately a 3-km stretch, IGP (Ops) IK Muiva said on Thursday.

Muiva was briefing reporters on the confidence-building measures undertaken by the security forces amidst the challenging situation in the state, at Manipur Police headquarters, here.

SoO cadres found leaving designated camps

Joint operations are being conducted at every designated SoO camps for every 15 days. The government is addressing the issue of absent and present cadres in these camps and is determining how to deal with those found absent, Muiva said.

He admitted that the state police are well aware of complaints regarding SoO cadres leaving their designated camps and engaging in unprovoked activities.

Police operations

Regarding reports of miscreants traveling in vehicles with weapons, the IG mentioned that checkpoints have been established at various locations to disarm them, ensuring the safety of civilians.

Regular operations have led to the destruction of a significant number of illegal bunkers, he said.

A total of 5,668 arms that were looted, 1,329 arms, 15,050 rounds of ammunition, and 400 bombs have been recovered till date, he added.

Regarding any incidents of firing or attacks in the peripheral regions of the valley, the IG stated that joint operations are launched immediately to apprehend the miscreants, and adequate security is deployed in the bordering areas.

In response to disturbances by miscreants in Koutruk, Haraothel, Kharam Thadou, Kandangband, and Sinda in Imphal West, IGP (Zone III) Nishit Ujiwal mentioned that he personally visited the locations and briefed the security personnel deployed there to ensure that miscreants do not disrupt the atmosphere in those areas, expressing hope for improved conditions.

Security measures along National Highways

Ujiwal informed that the movement of transport vehicles on NH-37 is proceeding smoothly with the deployment of 15 companies of CAPF.

The same applies to NH-2, where 10 companies of CAPF, in addition to the Army and Assam Rifles, have been deployed, he added.

175 died, 32 missing 5,172 structures gutted

Providing a statistical update on the ongoing crisis that began on May 3, IGP (Admin) K. Jayanta reported an official death toll of 175, with 166 identified and nine still unidentified.

Of the identified, 79 bodies have been claimed, while 96 remain unclaimed. Unclaimed bodies are being held at RIMS (28), JNIMS (26), and Churachandpur Hospital (42).

Thirty-two persons are still missing, and the number of injured individuals stands at 1,108. The total number of arson cases is 5,172, including 4,786 houses and 386 religious structures, as per the IG (Admin), Jayanta said.

He also mentioned that a total of 9,332 cases have been registered thus far, with 325 arrests made in connection with these cases.

A total of 37,296 individuals have been detained in efforts to maintain law and order.

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