Biren visits Haotak incident victims families

Imphal: Manipur chief minister N. Biren Singh visited the families of the four persons who were found dead at Haotak Mapalok Ching, Bishnupur district recently.

The chief minister conveyed heartfelt condolence to the bereaved family and assured that the government will extend every possible assistance to the families.

The four persons were Romen Meitei, 45 son of Oinam Pishak Meitei of Akasoi Ward No. VII; Ahanthem Dara Meitei, 56, son of late A. Apikchao Meitei of Wangoo Sabal Awang Leikai; Thoudam Ibomcha Meitei, 53, son of late Th. Pangoi Meitei of Akasoi ward no VII and Thoudam Anand Meitei, 27 son of Th. Ibomcha Meitei of Akasoi Ward No. VII. They went missing on Wednesday. Three of them were found dead on Thursday and Ahanthem Dara Meitei on Saturday.

Social activist, Jaya Khangambam had questioned what is the purpose of deploying central forces in Kumbi area. “People have increased the suspicion on central forces on the Haotak Phailen incident.”

The central government have deployed thousands of central forces at various part of Manipur after May 3, 2023 incident that sparked Meitei-Kuki clash.

“Why the central government deploys forces in Kumbi Haotak instead of deploying them in vulnerable areas?” Jaya asked.

The incident where 4 villagers were killed by suspected Kuki militants was not occurred in Kuki village but in Haotak which is Meitei inhabited area. That was not the first incident,  she added.

The villagers of Haotak area went to Haotak Phailen hill range for collecting firewood. The villagers with a trust at central forces deployed in the area went to collect firewood in the hill range. But with a short distance where the bunkers of central forces are constructed the 4 villagers were killed, she said.

She demanded the central government to remove central forces within three days. “There is no need to get assistance from central forces, people of Manipur are ready to guard the territorial boundary of Manipur.”

She was addressing reporters at Imphal on Saturday.

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