Assam Tightens Border Amid Escalating Violence in Manipur, Hundreds Flee to Safety

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GG News Bureau
Jiribam, 10th June. 
Amid escalating violence in Manipur’s Jiribam district, Assam has bolstered security measures along its interstate border, particularly in the Lakhipur area of Cachar district. The recent unrest in Manipur has prompted hundreds to flee their homes, seeking refuge in neighbouring Assam amidst ongoing ethnic tensions that have persisted since May 3 of last year.

The surge in violence commenced on June 6 following the discovery of the body of Soibam Saratkumar Singh, a 59-year-old Meitei farmer who had been missing for weeks. His death incited outrage among local residents, resulting in protests at the Jiribam police station, where demands for the right to arm themselves for protection were voiced. In response, the Jiribam District Magistrate imposed a district-wide curfew to quell the unrest.

The situation swiftly spilled over into Assam, with approximately 600 individuals from various ethnic backgrounds seeking shelter in Lakhipur, Cachar district. Assam Police has responded by intensifying security measures along the Assam-Manipur border. Special commando units have been deployed, and regular patrols initiated to maintain order and reassure the local population.

Numal Mahatta, Superintendent of Police in Cachar, affirmed, “After the incidents of violence in Manipur’s Jiribam, we have deployed sufficient security, including our special commando force in the bordering areas. They are conducting regular patrols, and the people are living peacefully in Lakhipur.” Mahatta commended the cooperation between police and the local community, emphasizing the need for peace and stability.

Despite efforts to manage the unrest, the situation in Jiribam remains tense, with the curfew imposed on June 6 still in effect. Authorities continue working to stabilize the region and prevent further violence.

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