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Police officer shot dead by militants in Manipur’s Moreh

Imphal, October 31: A sub-divisional police officer was killed on Tuesday after being shot at by suspected tribal militants at Moreh in Manipur’s Tengnoupal district, police said.
Moreh SDPO Chingtham Anand received a bullet injury after the group of insurgents fired on policemen when they were inspecting the newly constructed helipad at Eastern ground in the border town dominated by Kuki-Zo community people, a senior officer said.
The SDPO was taken to a primary health centre in Moreh where he succumbed to his injury, the police officer said.
An operation has been launched in the area to apprehend the militants, he said.
The incident comes weeks after several civil society organisations, particularly those based in Moreh, demanded the removal of state forces from the border town.
The Manipur Police had arrested more than 10 Myanmarese in the last couple of days for allegedly stealing furniture and other household items from abandoned residences of Meiteis and for illegally entering into the Indian territory.
Chief Minister N Biren Singh, reacting to the arrest of three Myanmarese on Oct 21 for stealing furniture and electrical items from houses that were burnt down when violence broke out in the state in May, had said, “This happened when some particular organisations were protesting against the deployment of state police and commandos at Moreh town”.
Manipur govt announces Rs 50 lakh ex gratia for family of slain police officer
In an emergency meeting, the Manipur cabinet on Tuesday approved Rs 50 lakh ex gratia for the next of the kin of Moreh SDPO Chingtham Anand who was killed in an ambush by tribal militants in Tengnoupal district earlier in the day.
Condemning the dastardly act, the cabinet also decided to provide a suitable government employment to the next of the kin of the slain policeman.
The cabinet decided to instruct the security forces “to launch a joint operation in Moreh and its adjoining areas to arrest the culprits responsible for the crime” and “noted that additional state forces have been detailed from Imphal for the purpose. The operations have since started.” The cabinet instructed central and state forces to ensure free movement of vehicles on Pallel-Moreh road NH-102 which connects Imphal valley with the border town, a distance of around 110 km.
The cabinet further decided “that no illegal armed personnel shall be permitted in or around Moreh, considering the strategic position of the town under India’s Act East Policy.” The cabinet also approved to recommend the World Kuki-Zo Intellectual Council (WKZIC) as an “unlawful organisation under Section 3 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act 1967.” The cabinet noted that the organisation had recently called upon the Kuki-Zo community to stock arms and ammunition following apprehension of another face-off between the two warring communities in November, before the harvesting season. (PTI)