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WorldAsiaSearch operation in Manipur, 35 weapons and arms warehouse recovered.

Search operation in Manipur, 35 weapons and arms warehouse recovered.

Kolkata. At least 35 weapons and arms caches have been recovered during a joint search operation by security forces in ethnic violence-hit Manipur. An officer gave this information.

He informed that a massive search operation is being carried out on the National Highway-37 connecting capital Imphal with Assam and other parts of the country to ensure free and safe movement of essential goods to Manipur.

According to the official, on Thursday, on the second day of the joint search operation, 35 different types of arms, ammunition and arms godowns were recovered. He said the security forces were taking confidence building measures as well as adopting a people-centric approach to mitigate the hardships of the people affected by the caste violence that has been going on for more than a month in the northeastern state.

According to the official, on Wednesday, on the first day of the joint search operation, the security forces recovered 29 weapons (mostly automatic) besides mortars, grenades, ammunition etc. He said that the areas where AFSPA (Armed Forces Special Powers Act) is in force No, the magistrate was also present there during the search operation.

According to the official, adequate measures are being taken during the search operation, which is aimed at recovery of arms and ammunition as well as de-escalation of tension between communities, to ensure that the local population is not inconvenienced Violent clashes broke out in Manipur after a ‘Tribal Solidarity March’ was organized in the hill districts on May 3 to protest against the Meitei community’s demand for Scheduled Tribe (ST) status.

At least 100 people have been killed and 310 others injured in these clashes. At the same time, 37,450 people are currently living in 272 relief camps. The Meitei community constitutes 53 percent of the population in Manipur and mainly lives in the Imphal Valley. At the same time, tribal communities like Naga and Kuki form 40 per cent of the population and mainly live in the hill districts. About 10,000 soldiers of the Army and Assam Rifles have been deployed to restore peace in the state.

PC:Dainik Bhaskar

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