Suspected Kuki-Zo Insurgents Attack Manipur’s Jiribam Despite Government Warnings

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GG News Bureau
Jiribam, 11th June. 
A recent attack by suspected Kuki-Zo insurgents on villages and police outposts in Manipur’s Jiribam district has raised questions about the efficacy of security measures despite prior warnings from the state government.

Nearly six months before the attack, the Manipur government had repeatedly written to the Director General of Police (DGP) expressing concerns about potential threats from suspected insurgents and urging heightened security measures in Jiribam. However, these warnings seemingly went unheeded, as the recent attacks indicate.

The ambush of a police convoy and the subsequent burning of homes and police outposts by suspected insurgents have further exacerbated tensions in the region. The attacks occurred ahead of Chief Minister N Biren Singh’s scheduled visit to Jiribam, underscoring the brazenness of the insurgents.

The state government’s letters to the DGP highlighted movements of armed miscreants and potential threats to security in Jiribam, but the lack of proactive measures has left many questioning the effectiveness of intelligence gathering and response mechanisms.

The recent violence in Jiribam is not an isolated incident but is part of a larger pattern of ethnic strife between the Meitei and Kuki-Zo communities in Manipur. Despite efforts to broker peace, the underlying tensions over land, resources, and political representation persist, resulting in displacement and loss of life.

As the situation in Jiribam remains volatile, authorities are faced with the daunting task of restoring peace and addressing the root causes of conflict to prevent further bloodshed and displacement in the region.

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