Ukhrul: A massive public outcry, especially among women, was witnessed at Kashung Bungbung village in the southern part of Ukhrul district in Manipur on Thursday after troops of Assam Rifles tried to advance beyond the village, reportedly without announcement, to raid NSCN-IM hideouts in the border villages, said sources.
However, to avoid any obstacles from the locals, the troops did not disclose their purpose of patrolling the area or deployment of additional security forces along the border villages, except routine sighting to oversee the law and order enforcement in the periphery.
Around 300 women of Kashung Bungdung came out of their homes and stopped the troops from crossing the village to avoid any unwanted incidents to take place, especially when the whole country is fighting against the deadly COVID-19 pandemic.
One of the women at the standoff said that they won’t tolerate such attitude from the Army or the administration at a time when the whole world continues to fight the novel coronavirus and trying to save humanity from the pandemic.
“Should we be scared of the pandemic or the Army?” another woman questioned.
Around 200 Assam Rifles troops along with the paramilitary forces have been deployed in and around Kashung, as per reports.
As per reports, after hours of face-off with the local women, the troops returned to Kashung outpost around 7 pm. However, the locals remained at the site fearing the security forces might return and create unnecessary panic.