ZB Manipur accuses Sikh and Gorkha regiment of ‘harassment’

Khaupum Valley of Noney District of Manipur
Tamenglong, July 21 (MExN): The Zeliangrong Baudi (ZB) Manipur state today deplored the disturbances allegedly created by the Sikh and Gorkha regiment of Indian Army in and around Khaupum Valley of Noney District of Manipur.

Poupoklung Kamei, President, ZB Manipur state in a press release regretted that villagers, farmers, and others who earn their daily wages in the area were facing acute hardship to resume their works due to continuing operations and deployment of military personnel “in the name of flashing out the underground outfits from the valley.”

The release stated that while cultivators have been aggrieved for months due to drought during this season, the “Indian Army Sikh and Gorkha regiments were harassing the villagers by confining them in a particular place,” not allowing the farmers to go out to their fields to work.

The ZB Manipur condemned the “frequent random frisking carried out to womenfolk by the Indian Army” in and around the village, asserting that such act should be condemned by all the right thinking citizens.

It further condemned the alleged indiscriminate firing by 13 Sikh Light infantry at Leishok village on July 19 which caused panic in the entire area. A number of firing incidents were committed by the Indian Army in the past as well in the excuse of encountering with “underground outfits” where many unexploded explosives were scattered in the jhuming cultivation forest, it said.

Explosives left behind from random firing have caused loss of many precious lives, adding that two young children were killed and other three seriously injured while playing with unexploded explosive in 2018. In another incident, two young school going girls were killed and their mother seriously injured while clearing the jungle in the field. It feared many such are still lying in the cultivation area. Facing such terror situation, the Indian Army deployed in the area is “nothing but to harass the innocent public in this area,” the ZB Manipur alleged.

It also accused the Indian Army of having an alliance ‘with an insurgent group who are having cease fire with Government of India while carrying out operation to flash out other underground outfits and harassing the general public in the area’.

While stating that the “Zeliangrong people are peace loving people and want to live in peace and progress in any part of the Zeliangrong areas be it Assam, Nagaland or Manipur,” it has appealed to the Authority of the Indian Army to withdraw their operation in the jungle of jhuming cultivation of Khaupum Valley area “which is nothing but constant harassing to the peace loving innocent Zeliangrong villagers,” it added.

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The Zeliangrong Baudi (ZB) Manipur state today deplored the disturbances allegedly created by the Sikh and Gorkha regiment of Indian Army in and around Khaupum Valley of Noney District of Manipur.

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