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Joint operation begins against Kuki militants

Joint operation begins against Kuki militants

Author: Staff Reporter
Publication: Sentinelassam.com
Date: November 17, 2009
URL: http://www.sentinelassam.com/cachar/story.php?sec=2&subsec=12&id=27165&dtP=2009-11-18&ppr=1

Sonai Police arrested 75-year-old village headman Seikhulian Singsong suspecting that he had links with Kuki militants who had allegedly attacked the 15th Indian Reserve Police (IRP) battalion outpost at Checkerchum recently. Police sources indicated that Kuki militants in collusion with some local residents of adjacent Kuki villages had attacked the Checkerchum outpost.

The militants sneaked into Cachar and attacked the 15th IRP battalion outpost and looted 26 sophisticated firearms and a huge quantity of ammunition from the jawans. Singsong was produced in Silchar court today and was later sent to police custody for three days.

A State police official said cadres of new Kuki militant organizations of Manipur have undergone training in Myanmar and Bangladesh. Militants who attacked the Checkerchum outpost had left some packets of food items bearing Burmese words on their labels, the police official said.

On the other hand, a new tension is brewing in the Bhuban Hills where Kuki and Hmar militants of the Christian community are planning to flush out Hindu Reang tribals living there. The militants have been continuously forcing the Hindu tribals to convert to Christianity, sources said. The Viswa Hindu Parishad had also alerted the district administration about it.

Local residents said one Lulun Kuki, who used to teach in a missionary school at Checkerchum, led the militants who attacked the Checkerchum outpost. Meanwhile, police, CRPF and the Army have launched a joint operation towards Mastul Hill where these militants are reportedly hiding with the arms they had looted from the outpost at Checkerchum.

A 30-member quick action force has already been sent to Checkerchum. The team will continue its operation throughout the area. Police sources said that the militants might sell the looted arms to Manipuri militant outfits.


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