June 6, 2015 7:56:32 pm
In a first, the banned Kuki militant group, the United Kuki Liberation Front (UKLF) has condemned the attack on the 6 Dogra Regiment on Thursday, June 4. The site of attack Parolon in Chandel district falls under UKLF’s operating area. UKLF is one of the 20 signatories of suspension of operation with the Indian Government.
In its statement issued by the UKLF secretary of information and publicity the banned group said that it was “unfortunate that such an incident occurred in Chandel district when its people are struggling for peace and normalcy.
The banned group extended “solidarity’’ to the bereaved family members of the fallen soldiers and has also clearly stated that there should be no “repeats of such incidents in our operating area.’’
Meanwhile Major General Bipin Rawat, Commander, 3 Corps of the Indian Army today said that there was no failure of intelligence that led to the incident.
“We receive intelligence inputs every day and act and react according to these inputs. There are numerous incidents which are foiled due to the action we have been taking on the basis of these inputs – there are so many incidents which we prevent. In this case, it happened to be an instance in which the militants were successful in carrying out their operation,’’ said Major General Rawat.
Major General Rawat said that the Army has not only initiated a massive hunt for the insurgents actually involved in the attack but also of the people who had been harbouring them.
“They had come 23-24 kilometers from the border. So they obviously had some local support. We know that they majority of the people in Manipur do not condone or cooperate with such organisations but then there are few who do – and they will be apprehended and taken to task,’’he said.
The Army has asked the state government to declare a night curfew in areas adjacent to the border. “The border is highly porous and militants take advantage of that. We want the movement restricted at least in the night so we are free to operate – this is difficult with a lot of civilian movement,’’he added.
Major General Rawat said that the Indo-Myanmar border has been completely sealed in areas which intelligence inputs have revealed that the insurgents involved in the incident may try to escape from.
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