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Retd Colonel appointed SSP Combat to deal with Manipur crisis

By IndianMandarins- 04 Sep 2023


Imphal (04.09.2023): The Manipur government has created a post by appointing a retired Army officer Col (Retd) Nectar Sanjenbam for five years as Senior Superintendent of Police (Combat). Col Sanjenbam was in charge of the operation to destroy militant camps in Myanmar eight years ago.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah made a statement last month that Kuki people started entering Manipur from Myanmar illegally following a military crackdown on militants. An organisation of the Meitei also asserted that the four-month-long strife is a manifestation of the tension over deforestation, illegal opium poppy cultivation and change in demography in certain areas of the state mainly caused by illegal immigrants from Myanmar.

Arms are being supplied to militants from Myanmar to Manipur. It appears that the government wants to use the retired Colonel's experience in counter-militancy operations in Myanmar to address the situation in Manipur. Speaking during the debate on the no-confidence motion in Lok Sabha on August 10, Home Minister Shah said problems started in Manipur with the influx of Kuki refugees from neighbouring Myanmar after the military rulers there started a crackdown against militants in 2021. The Kuki refugees started settling down in the jungles in the Manipur valley, raising fears of a demographic change in the region. More than 160 people lost their lives and several hundreds were injured since the ethnic clashes broke out in Manipur on May 3, after a 'Tribal Solidarity March' was organised in the hill districts to protest against the Meitei community's demand for Scheduled Tribe (ST) status.

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