Imphal, Jan 5:
Kuki civilians in Moreh are reportedly leaving their homes in the border town due to fears of getting caught in crossfire between Kuki militants and security forces.
A reliable source stated that the Kuki civilians are afraid that the Kuki militants, with the support of KNA-B and PDF of Myanmar, may attack the Indian security forces, including the state police stationed at the border town. The civilians are said to be escaping towards the hills on the Indian side to avoid getting caught in the crossfire.
According to a source, a few days ago, PDF, CDF, and KNA-B attacked the military base and police station at Khampat and Bokan in Myanmar. They recovered a large number of arms, ammunition, and explosives, which were then sold to Kuki armed militants currently present in the Indo-Myanmar border town of Moreh.
On December 30, 2023, Kuki militants started ambushing security forces at Moreh multiple times, resulting in injuries to six security personnel, including one BSF personnel. Currently, the PDF and KNA-B, both Myanmar-based militias, are stationed at Haolenphai and nearby villages with a significant amount of arms and ammunition. Kuki militants have surrounded Moreh town and are camping near the local court at Moreh, adjacent to the BSNL office, near the office of the additional deputy commissioner, near Canan Veng, Chawangphai, New Moreh, and T. Yangnom Village, waiting for the right opportunity to attack security forces.
The source mentioned that there is a large-scale plan by Kuki militants, including KNA-B, to launch a heavy attack on the present security forces at Moreh, resembling a war. In order to escape this anticipated attack, a majority of Kuki houses in Moreh are vacant, as the residents have fled to Haolenphai, Ch. Tengnoupal, and other nearby villages in the hills along the Indo-Myanmar border. This report from Imphal Times aims to alert the security forces at Moreh, as well as the state and central governments, to take necessary precautions against the planned attack by Kuki militants.