Manipur violence: Assam Rifles rescues 96 people from Myanmar border

Story by  ANI | Posted by  Aasha Khosa | Date 15-05-2023
Stranded people in Manipur who were rescued by Assam Rifles
Stranded people in Manipur who were rescued by Assam Rifles


Chandel (Manipur)

The Assam Rifles on Monday rescued 96 people stranded in violence-hit Manipur near the India-Myanmar border in an air evacuation operation.

Normalcy is slowly returning to Manipur after the violence which left 70 people dead and 1,700 houses burnt down.

All 96 people were rehabilitated at Assam Rifles Camp.

Owing to the remoteness of Assam Rifles Camp and keeping the comfort of the locals supreme, air evacuation using Air Force MI 17 helicopters was considered inescapable.

Security, medical, food, accommodation and telecommunication needs for interaction with their kith and kin back home were met during the stay with Assam Rifles.

In another operation, Assam Rifles rescued 45 visually impaired students and supporting staff of Mission Blind School, Kakching, amidst the clashes in Manipur in the first week of May.

The public relations officer (Defence), Kohima and Imphal said that based on the request of K Parenag Kom, Principal of Mission Blind School, one security column of Assam Rifles was launched to rescue the stranded visually impaired children and supporting staff.

"They were safely extricated and escorted to Kakching garrison where they were provided solace, food and shelter. Finally, Assam Rifles in coordination with family members took the initiative of despatching these children back to their homes safely through dedicated columns on May 13," the PRO said.

"Assam Rifles' initiative in reuniting these stranded children and staff with their kith & kin was deeply acknowledged by Kom, and their parents. They expressed their gratitude and appreciated the efforts taken by Assam Rifles in these trying times," he added.

A curfew was imposed on May 3 after violence broke out in Manipur. The State government clamped down on the use of the internet and mobile phones to ensure the spread of panic and false information is curtailed. Amid the demand of the Meitei for Scheduled Tribe status, a rally was organised by the All Tribals Students Union (ATSU) Manipur on May 3, which later turned violent.

As per the latest figures, close to 71 people lost their lives while more than 230 were injured and close to 1700 houses were burnt down during the violence in Manipur.