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Business News/ News / India/  'Manipur conflict primarily ethnic, not counter-insurgency,' says CDS General Anil Chauhan

'Manipur conflict primarily ethnic, not counter-insurgency,' says CDS General Anil Chauhan

General Chauhan acknowledges the successful efforts in saving numerous lives but acknowledges that challenges in Manipur still persist.

CDS General Anil Chauhan. (Photo: ANI)Premium
CDS General Anil Chauhan. (Photo: ANI)

CDS General Anil Chauhan on Tuesday emphasizes that the situation in Manipur does not pertain to counter-insurgency but rather revolves around a clash between two ethnic groups.

Chauhan was in Pune on Tuesday to review the passing out parade of the 144th course of the National Defence Academy (NDA).

As reported by ANI, he categorizes it as a law and order issue, with the central forces supporting the state government. “The situation in Manipur is nothing to do with counter-insurgency and is primarily a clash between two ethnicities. It's a law and order kind of situation and we are helping the state govt. We've done an excellent job and saved a large number of lives. The challenges in Manipur have not disappeared and it will take some time but hopefully, they should settle down."

He expresses hope that with time, these challenges will be resolved and the situation will stabilize.

"I would like to say that the armed forces and Assam Rifles have done an excellent job there and may have saved a large number of lives. Though the challenges in Manipur have not disappeared, it will take some time. Hopefully this will settle and the government there will be able to do the job with the help of CAPF (Central Armed Police Forces) etc," he said.

The deployment of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) on the northern borders is not experiencing a daily increase but remains consistent at the same level observed in 2020.

“PLA deployment on the northern borders is not increasing day by day, it is at the same level as it was in 2020. So there is a challenge and the armed forces are taking all kinds of steps so that there is no untoward situation...We have been able to get back to all places except 2-Depsang and Demchok and negotiations are on," said CDS General Anil Chauhan.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah held a series of meetings in Manipur, including with Governor Anusuiya Uikey and Chief Minister N Biren Singh, along with state ministers, senior leaders, and officials.

The purpose of these meetings was to evaluate the current situation and devise strategies to restore normalcy in the region. Union Minister for State Home Affairs Nityanand Rai, Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla, and Intelligence Bureau chief Tapan Deka were also present during the discussions.

The objective of these meetings was to assess the situation in Manipur and plan appropriate measures to bring about stability. The Home Minister is expected to engage in multiple security meetings during his stay in Manipur until June 1.

The clashes broke out after the N Biren Singh government decided to include the Meitei community in the Scheduled Tribe, included by the Government of India Act, 1935 in the Constitution of India, to give legal recognition to list of tribes marked for special treatment by the state.

The recent violence in Manipur, which occurred in May, was primarily a clash between the majority Hindu Meitei community residing in and around the state capital Imphal, and the predominantly Christian Kuki tribe inhabiting the surrounding hills.

(With inputs from agencies)

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Mausam Jha
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Updated: 30 May 2023, 11:41 AM IST
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