Women of Hongbei area have blocked the Thoubal-Kasom road Credit: EastMojo image

Despite the road blocked cleared and security forces reached at Kasom Khullen police station as per agreement, situation at Bungdung Kashung still remains tense due to Assam Rifles and NSCN-IM standoff

Around 32 vehicles of security forces are now of the way to Kasom Khullen Police Station

Women folks continue to station at Hongbei till the security forces return from Kasom Khullen Police Station

Locals are now clearing the road which was blocked since Thursday

Locals are trying to clear the road

We came here for peace and tranquility and the problem has been resolved: UNC general secretary Milan

Both parties have avoided the crisis and opted for mutual understanding

The local women folks have agreed to the agreement but urged the state officials to remain truthful to the understanding and not backlash the community in days to come

The initial plan of the state security forces to reach Bungdung Kashung to oversee the security situation has been dropped

The discussion between Manipur Police and civil society members has come to the conclusion that the security forces will stop at Kasom Khullen Police Station and return back to Imphal by Saturday itself

As per reports, the locals at Honpei have completely blocked the road for armed forces to proceed beyond the village.

On Friday, Manipur Police, including women personnel, led by IG IK Muivah, along with DIG Kabib, deputy COC Cecelia from IRBn, Assam Rifles and around 25 vehicles were stopped by local women at Honpei village when they were on the way to Kashung Budung, the place where the confrontation between the Army and women took place on Thursday.

As per reports, the situation at Kashung Bungdung village in the southern part of Ukhrul district in Manipur became tense on Thursday when troops of Assam Rifles tried to advance beyond the village.

Earlier on Friday, women in large numbers took part in a torch rally following the failure of meeting between Manipur Police and civil society members to reach any logical conclusion

As per sources, govt proposed to allow security personnel to cross the Hongbei junction and visit Kasom police station as part of their security checking along the border areas

Discussion between Manipur Police and leaders of Naga CSOs have started

Separate meeting is going on between members of various Naga frontiers organisations. Later, they will meet the representatives of Manipur Police

Women of Hongbei area continue to block the Thoubal-Kasom road

Security personnel on the Thoubal-Kasom road

Representatives of Manipur Naga frontier organisations discussing with officers of Manipur Police, led by IGP IK Muivah, at Hongbei

A glimpse of the meeting to break the deadlock

Manipur Naga frontier organisations’ delegates at Hongbei with state security forces led by IGP IK Muivah

United Naga Council president K John, Naga Women chairperson Asha have also arrived to have meeting at Hongbei

IGP IK Muivah, DIG Kabib and other security officials have arrived again at Hongbei

Commandos with 15 vehicles have reached Hongbei. More women from neighbouring areas have arrived at the same site

Standoff continued on the third day on Saturday as women of Hongbei area in Kamjong district of Manipur have blocked the Thoubal-Kasom road in protest over the deployment of Assam Rifles troops in the area. On Friay, a crucial meeting between senior officers of Manipur Police and civil society organisation (CSO) members at Honpei failed to break the deadlock.

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