Situation still tense, pent up fury palpable
Moreh killings

Source: The Sangai Express

Moreh, June 10: One day after the bloody incidents at Moreh, the situation at the border town is still tense with people yet to settle down peacefully.

To avert the outbreak of further unwanted incidents, curfew is still clamped at Moreh.

With the situation still tense about 516 people, including Tamils are taking shelter at Myanmar.

As a large number of people are still taking shelter at Myanmar, the ADC of Moreh along with the SDPO met officials from Myanmar at Namphalong today to discuss the matter.

The meeting took about an hour and though the ADC wanted to take back the refugees, the Myanmarese authority was reluctant to let them return in the face of the uncertain situation at Moreh.

In the meantime a team of journalists under the aegis of the All Manipur Working Journalists' Union arrived at Moreh today to get a first hand account of the situation.

The media team arrived while post mortem was being conducted on 6 victims while the other five bodies have been taken to Imphal.

During their tour of the border town, the media team came across people who had come together at places where they thought they would be safe.

A large number of Meitei people are taking shelter near the National Highway in hotels, dharamshala and offices at Moreh bazar.

Each group consists of at least 20/30 people together.

At some hotels, some 300/400 people are taking shelter together amid much inconveniences.

A meeting between the people of Moreh and Government representatives, including the DGP, IGP, DC Chandel was held today at the Trade Centre at 11 am to work ways to restore normalcy.

The meeting which lasted till 112.30 pm however could not arrive at a consensus and another meeting was scheduled for 4 pm but a solution could not arrived at.

The media team also met the DGP, IGP and Chandel DC.

During the meeting, the DGP was candid enough to admit that total normalcy is yet to be restored at the border town.

To a question on whether there were any security lapses, the DGP admitted that there were some lapses and added that since Moreh is at the border area the security personnel are able to function to their full potential.

The DGP also informed the media team that necessary steps will be taken to ensure that such incidents do not recur in the future.

The common citizens were targeted in the course of the tussle between armed groups, said the police officer and added that adequate security would be deployed to keep a check on the movements and activities of the militants.

Though co-operation from the Assam Rifles was not there earlier, now the situation has changed and full co-operation is being received, he said and added that conducting joint operations have been agreed upon.