Replace central forces: Villagers

Imphal: In a protest against perceived negligence by central forces over repeated attacks by Kuki militants, women in Senjam Chirang village staged a sit-in demanding immediate substitution of central forces deployed in the area with any state force.

It is reported that Kuki militants targeted Senjam Chirang on Friday at around 1 am setting ablaze a poultry farm. Village volunteers retaliated, engaging in a fierce exchange of gunfire that persisted until 3.30 am.

Expressing dissatisfaction with the response of deployed central forces, H. Ambrapati, secretary of Senjam Chirang Kangu Leima Chanura Marup accused Assam Rifles and CRPF of failing to effectively counter the Kuki militants.

She criticised their apparent unawareness of the attack by the Assam Rifle and withholding of counter attack by the CRPF, leaving the village volunteers with few license guns to defend the village themselves from Kuki attacks.

“Such act of the central forces seems as they are indirectly supporting the Kuki militants,” she said.

In this regard, Ambrapati urged the chief minister and relevant authorities to address the concerns raised by the community.

She demanded the immediate replacement of central forces with state forces and the establishment of a police outpost in the vulnerable village.

Highlighting the persistent threat posed by Kuki militant attacks, Ambrapati emphasised the village’s vulnerability, with casualties reported since the onset of the unrest in the state.

The villagers remains apprehensive, fearing a recurrence of attacks in the future, she said.

She calls for urgent need for decisive action to safeguard their lives and property, ‘as tensions escalate amid central forces’ inaction’.

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