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Insurgents force Manipuris to flee their homes in Chandel District

The banned United National Liberation Front (UNLF) has reportedly forced hundreds of people from ten villages of Chandel District, about 64 kilometers from here, to leave their homes.

By L C K Singh

Imphal, May 22 : The banned United National Liberation Front (UNLF) has reportedly forced hundreds of people from ten villages of Chandel District, about 64 kilometers from here, to leave their homes.

The villagers are now taking shelter in Moreh town, which is located in the southernmost part of the District.

Banished from their homes, the villagers want action against the UNLF.

"We have faced a lot of difficulties. We are in constant fear, while going to the fields or doing any other work. We fear the sound of bullets and also mines. Due to these difficulties, we fled our homes," said Nganjanpao Baite, a villager.

The State Government has sent a high-level team to assuage the frayed feelings of Kuki tribesmen and convince them to return to their native places.

Villagers, however, fear that they might lose their lives in a crossfire between the militants and the Army.

"If there was no militancy in Manipur, then I firmly believe the citizens will be living in peace," Baite added.

Insurgents have forced the closure of the office of the Imphal Municipal Council. As a result, civic services have taken a hit.

"It is very difficult with the stench. From sewage to the other stuff, everything is thrown here," Memcha, a villager, said.

Exasperated Manipuris have started to conduct street demonstrations.

Last month, shopkeepers in the main market of Imphal closed their shops in protest against demands for ransom by banned outfits.

In April, UNLF militants reportedly kidnapped around 400 villagers from Chandel District and smuggled them off to Myanmar.

ANI

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