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Jiribam IDPs begin returning home

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Imphal, June 25:

Some of the Internally displaced persons (IDPs) from Jiribam, who were displaced by violent attacks from Kuki militants and have been staying in Assam, have started returning to their homes due to enhanced security measures implemented by authorities in Assam and Manipur along their shared border.
This significant development began on Monday, June 24, following a crucial meeting between Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh and his Assam counterpart, Himanta Biswa Sarma, in Guwahati on Sunday, June 23. The leaders discussed security concerns in the border districts of Jiribam in Manipur and Cachar in Assam, which have been troubled by recent violence.
Approximately 600 individuals from Jiribam district in Manipur sought refuge with relatives in Lakhipur, Cachar district of Assam, after violence erupted on June 6. The unrest started when the body of Soibam Saratkumar, a 59-year-old Meitei farmer, was found. Saratkumar was allegedly abducted and killed by suspected Kuki miscreants while returning from his farm in Khasia Punji, Jiribam district.
Around 1,600 Meitei residents, whose homes were burned and destroyed by armed miscreants, fled to various locations in Cachar district and eight relief camps in Jiribam district. The violence led to the destruction of approximately 100 houses in Meitei villages, including Borobekra, Harinagar, Lamkoipung, Lamtaikhunou, Sotobekra, Makha Busti, Jirimukh, Leishabithol, and Nunukhal.
To ensure the safe return of the IDPs, police and central paramilitary forces in Jiribam district have been conducting round-the-clock patrols in sensitive and hyper-sensitive areas. Police patrols are also active in Meitei villages such as Kalinagar, Chandrapur, Lakhipur, Lamtaikhunou, Sorokatingbi, Khuningthek, Khunou, Gularthon, Uchathon, Harinagar, Bidyanagar, Givong, Karong, Chingdongleikai, Champanagar, Ningthembal, Khongballeikai, Nungchappi, Koronabazaar, Dibongkhunou, Kadamtala, and Kunjabond.

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