Jiribam Violence: Is the DGP not following the orders of CM?

The Chief Minister’s office issued 3 letters earlier this year to the DGP and Manipur security adviser, alerting them to the movement of "200 armed Kuki-Zo militants" in areas bordering Jiribam. The recent violence has sparked questions about whether these warnings were neglected by security officials.

HY News 10 June, 2024 11:29 am IST

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Amid escalating violence in Jiribam district, Chief Minister N. Biren Singh has requested a detailed report from the State police on security measures taken to address the crisis. Over recent days, homes and police posts have been torched, and hundreds have been displaced in the district, which borders Assam.

The Chief Minister’s office had previously issued warnings to the police about potential attacks. On January 15, January 27, and January 31, the office sent letters to the Director General of Police and the Manipur security adviser, highlighting the movement of “200 armed Kuki-Zo militants” in areas near Jiribam. Despite these warnings, violence erupted this week.

In a communication sent on Sunday, Chief Minister's Secretary Ningthoujam Geoffrey urged the State home department to submit a report by June 11. This request was also sent to the chief secretary and the security advisor.

The first letter from January 15 expressed concern over the reported movement of armed militants from Churachandpur to Phaitol village and Kaiphundai area near Jiribam. It advised the DGP to take necessary security measures to prevent incidents and respond to threats.

The second letter, dated January 27, referred to gunfire incidents in Jiribam on December 31, January 1, and January 21. It also noted reports of armed groups moving towards the Vangai Range near Jiribam and requested the DGP to take measures to prevent the spread of violence and dominate strategic locations with central or state forces. It also mentioned the ITLF's plans to cut off supply lines to Imphal via Jiribam.

The third letter on January 31 warned of a potential attempt to loot arms and ammunition from the 7th IRB in Jiribam and urged the police to take all necessary precautions.

Additionally, on January 21, the Superintendent of Police in Jiribam requested the immediate deployment of two CAPF companies to enhance security in Jiribam and Borobekra subdivisions following multiple gunfire incidents.

The recent violence in Jiribam has sparked questions about whether these warnings were neglected by security officials.Despite these precautions, the recent violence highlights the ongoing challenges in maintaining law and order in the region.

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