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Assam Rifles and Police Confrontation Sparks Debate Amid Manipur Unrest

Correspondent Correspondent
Thursday, August 17, 2023
Assam Rifles and Police Confrontation Sparks Debate Amid Manipur Unrest
Unrest in Manipur: Assam Rifles and Police Clash Sparks Controversy.
Manipur: In an unfolding incident that has raised concerns, the state of Manipur recently witnessed a clash between two groups, subsequently leading to a confrontation between the state police and the Assam Rifles. The situation escalated to the point where the police registered a First Information Report (FIR) accusing the Assam Rifles of obstructing their movement. However, security sources have criticized the FIR, stating that it misrepresents the events that transpired.

The dispute revolves around an altercation between two groups, which occurred last week. The state police claim that during their efforts to manage the situation, the Assam Rifles hindered their movement by blocking their vehicles on the Kwakta Gothol road in the Bishnupur district. Additionally, the police assert that when they were conducting follow-up search operations along Pholjang Road in Kwakta, the Assam Rifles impeded their personnel by positioning their 'Casper' vehicle to obstruct the path.

The situation has taken a legal turn, with the police registering a FIR on August 5 detailing their version of events. On the other hand, the Assam Rifles, a paramilitary force, maintain that they were fulfilling a task assigned by their command headquarters. Their objective was to safeguard the buffer zones between the Kuki and Meitiei districts, aimed at maintaining stability and harmony between these regions.

The controversy surrounding this incident has caught the attention of the nation, leading to various developments. The Supreme Court has established an all-women panel comprising former High Court judges to oversee the ongoing investigation and relief efforts in relation to the Manipur violence. Additionally, 42 Special Investigation Teams (SITs) have been set up to thoroughly examine the cases connected to this unrest.

The political arena has also been affected by these events. The Manipur unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has voiced concerns over the role played by the Assam Rifles during this episode. The party has reached out to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, urging him to replace the Assam Rifles with another paramilitary force and to intervene in order to find a peaceful resolution to the ongoing ethnic tensions.

As the situation unfolds, the state and central authorities are under pressure to address the concerns of both the police and the Assam Rifles. The clash and subsequent FIR have sparked a debate on the neutrality of security forces in maintaining peace and order in the region. With allegations and counter-allegations surfacing, it remains to be seen how this situation will be resolved and what impact it will have on the state of Manipur and its residents.