Curfew relaxed, MoU signed
Source: The Sangai Express

Moreh, June 13: With the tense situation at Moreh town subsiding to a certain extent, curfew was relaxed from 8 am to 6 pm today.

Moreover, an MoU was signed between the State Government, represented by Ministers Ph Parijat, TN Haokip, Th Debendra and some other MLAs on one side and representatives of MCM, HTC, MMCM (Meitei Muslim Council Moreh), Tamil Sangam and others on the other yesterday night.

As per the MoU, the State Government will take up all necessary steps to establish a secure atmosphere at the border town and to ensure safe passage for non-local people currently stranded at Moreh.

Other main points of the MoU include holding joint meeting of all community leaders every month with ADC entrusted to convene the meetings, effective coordination and cooperation among different communities as and when any kind of crisis breaks out in Moreh and to collectively appeal to UG groups not to target innocent people.

The joint meeting of all communities of Moreh which was also participated by the ministerial team also condoled the death of 11 persons by observing 1 minute silence while condemning the June 9 killings.

Meanwhile, a joint team of HTC and MCM visited displaced people of Moreh who are currently staying at hotels and other places today.

Even as certain level of normalcy has returned to Moreh, people are still apprehensive in Moreh ward nos 7 and 9 where Meiteis and Kukis live together.

Talking to this correspondent, DGP Y Joykumar said that 3rd IRB currently stationed at Moreh will be replaced by full strength 4th IRB.

However, relief materials sent to the border town yesterday could not be distributed.

ADC Moreh said that the relief materials will be distributed tomorrow after identifying the affected people.

On the other hand, Minister Ph Parijat handed over Rs 20,000 each to the families of deceased persons belonging to Moreh.

He noted that the unfortunate incident of June 9 was not a result of any communal animosity but the handi-work of some 'external forces'.

He also provided 30 quintals of rice and Rs 10,000 in cash to the displaced villagers of Khengjoi currently taking shelter at Moreh.

It is expected that curfew may be relaxed from 6 am to 6 pm tomorrow.