STAFF REPORTER IMPHAL, 17th Dec:
A day after the violent clash between villagers of Senjam Chirang and Senjam Khunou and Haraothel, that left at least seven villagers injured on either side including one hit by bullet, police carried out search operation on Sunday.
In view of the tense situation prevailing in the area, large numbers of police and police commando personnel have been deployed at the boundary of the villages since Saturday.
A late report said that one more IRB team has also been deployed in addition to the existing force to prevent further clash.
Meanwhile, a large team of police led by additional SP (Ops) Imphal West Madhunimai and assisted by additional SP Kangpokpi T Lalboi Haokip, DSP (Ops) Thangkhochon Haokip, OC Sapermeina inspector JK Haokip, 10 commando teams of Imphal West and Imphal East, 10 commando teams from Thoubal and eight commando teams from Bishnupur district conducted a massive search operation in Haraothel village.
Around 70 villagers were verified one-by-one during the operation while around 20 people who did not possessed identification documents were verified by the village chief.
Three among those who could not furnish identification document were non-locals working in the village while three others happened to be excavator operators hailing from Senapati.
The police team recovered four single barrel rifles from the village and all the guns have been handed over to authority concerned for verification.
Meanwhile, Senjam Khunou and Senjam Chirang Joint Development Organisation convened a public meeting at the local community hall Sunday and strongly condemned the firing during Saturday’s incident in which one villager suffered bullet injury.
The public meeting also arrived at several resolutions and termed the statement made by Kuki Students' Oorganisation (KSO) president regarding the land as baseless and not true while claiming that the land belong to seat No 4 of 40-Senjam Khunou of Imphal West revenue district.
The said land where Haraothel villagers tried to construct piggery unit was reserved as forest area by Manipur State Durbar, speakers maintained during the meeting and asked the government to settle the matter within December 24 and demarcate exact boundary of Kangpokpi district within December 19.
Among other resolutions, it was decided that 40-Senjam Khunou should be included within the jurisdiction of Sekmai police station instead of Sapermeina police station and no activity which could pollute water of Sahirok river should be taken up.
The meeting also resolved that Haraothel village chief should be responsible for any unwanted incident in future while maintaining that Saturday’s clash was not related with construction of the national sports university.
Meanwhile, refuting the claim of KSO Sadar Hills president Thangminlian Kipgen that Saturday’s clash among Senjam Chirang, Senjam Khunou and Haraothel villagers was related to construction of National Sports University, Senjam Khunou Development Club, Imphal West District has asserted that such baseless claims have been made specially to mislead the general public and the government and escalate the tension.
Issuing a statement in this regard, Senjam Khunou Development Club general secretary Ng Sohodev Meitei strongly condemned the KSO president for misleading the people regarding the issue.