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Assam: Cachar, Jiribam district admins hold joint meeting to build confidence among people

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Guwahati, June 24: Amidst ongoing violence in Manipur’s Jiribam district, a joint meeting between Assam’s Cachar district administration and Manipur’s Jiribam district administration was held at Jirighat police station in Assam’s Cachar.

Cachar District commissioner Rohan Kumar Jha, Superintendent of police Numal Mahatta and Additional DC of Jiribam Manoranjan Tokcham and Additional SP Thomas Tokcham were present at the meeting.

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Speaking to reporters, Cachar DC Rohan Kumar Jha said, “Today, we have met with the Jiribam authority and discuss that peace should prevail here. The situation in Jiribam has been slowly and gradually improving and we have discuss for a confidence building measures. We have got an instruction for house to house survey in border areas and we have requested them to help us and cooperate with us. Those who have came to Cachar to take shelter after the violence, we request them to return back to their home and we have assured them that we will provide full security to them.”

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“As a confidence building measures, we have talked with the DCs and SPs of Jiribam. Those who have came to Cachar after the violence, we have been providing full security to them. As situation has been improving in Jiribam, we are hopeful that the people can return back to their home. We will provide full security to the people for their safe retuen,” said Cachar SP Numal Mahatta.

Jiribam ADC Manoranjan Tokcham said, “It is slightly tense but it may improve soon because we are taking all possible measures.”

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“We like to thank Assam police and the people of Assam for cooperating and helping us since one year. We are in constant touch with Assam counterpart after the violence in Jiribam since June 6. The Cachar side has been peaceful and no untoward incident was reported in this side and we are hopeful that no problem will happen in this side of border,” said Jiribam ASP Thomas Tokcham.

Around 900 tribals belonging to the Kuki and Hmar communities took shelter at the homes of relatives and friends in two villages – Haokippunji and Hmarkhawlienin – in the Cachar district of southern Assam, after violence broke out.

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The Barak and Jiri rivers demarcate the boundary between Manipur and Assam. Jiribam is about 45 km from Silchar town in Cachar, and 222 km from Manipur’s capital city, Imphal.

Jiribam district was carved out of Imphal East district in 2016. The Meitei are in a majority in the district and also in the headquarter town of Jiribam.

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