Senior officers of Manipur Police and representatives of civil society members taking part in a crucial meeting held on Saturday

Kamjong: Despite clearing the blocked road and security forces returning to Kasom Khullen Police Station following the agreement between Manipur Police and civil society members on Saturday evening, situation at Bungdung Kashung in Manipur’s Kamjong district continued to remain tense due to ongoing stand-off between Assam Rifles and NSCN-IM.

The meeting between the representatives of Manipur Police, led by IGP IK Muivah, and representatives of various leading social organisations on Saturday afternoon decided to avoid the crisis and opted for mutual understanding.

As per the conclusions of the meeting, the local women have agreed to clear the road and the state police officials have been urged to remain truthful to the understanding and not to indulge in any backlash on the community in days to come. The initial plan of the state security forces to reach Bungdung Kashung to oversee the security situation has also been dropped as per agreement. The meeting also decided that the security forces will stop at Kasom Khullen Police Station and return to Imphal by Saturday itself.

Expressing satisfaction over the outcome of the meeting, UNC general secretary Milan said, “We came here for peace and tranquillity and the problem has been resolved.”

Tension continued to grip Manipur’s Kamjong district till the third day on Saturday noon as the crucial meeting between senior officers of Manipur Police and civil society organisation (CSO) members at Honpei on Friday evening failed to break the deadlock over the deployment of a large number of Assam Rifles personnel in the area.

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

On Friday, Army personnel and local women continued to be at loggerheads at Honpei village, around 50 km from Bungdung Kashung, since 10 in the morning. Various Naga civil organisations, led by Tangkhul Naga Long’s (TNL) Hopingson Shimray and Tangkhul Shanao Long’s (TSL) Veronica Zingkhai were on the spot to oversee the situation.

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