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Manipur: Security agencies deny allegations made by MLAs & Kuki tribal bodies on security ops

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Imphal, Nov 4: Security agencies in Manipur have denied the accusations of the ten tribal MLAs and tribal organisations’ that state police commandos committed atrocities on tribal people in Moreh.

The ten tribal MLAs and two leading tribal organisations – Kuki Inpi Manipur (KIM) and Indigenous Tribal Leaders’ Forum (ITLF) – on Friday alleged that state forces including Manipur Police commandos, during search operations at the international border town of Moreh, resorted to arson, indiscriminate firing, looting of civilian properties, and unprovoked brutality, including assaulting women, forcing huge number of people, including women and children, to flee into the nearby jungle.

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A senior paramilitary officer on Saturday rejected their allegations and called them baseless.

The officer, who took part in the joint operation, on the condition of anonymity, stated that no such incident took place, and explained that the troopers are equipped with video cameras, which would have recorded any wrongful actions during the operations.

During the operation, three police personnel were injured earlier this week when they were ambushed at Sinam village by suspected Kuki militants when the security personnel were rushing in as reinforcement after the killing of Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) in Moreh, Chingtham Anand Kumar, by suspected militants on Tuesday.

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The accusations made by the MLAs and other tribal organisations come amidst ongoing search operations that started on November 1, following the SDPO’s killing on the previous day.

Security forces have apprehended at least 32 illegal Myanmar immigrants and recovered arms and war-like stores, further uncovering landmines and bomb traps along routes to designated camps of the Kuki militants who are under the Suspension of Operation (SoO) agreement with the government of India and Manipur since August 2008.

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