IRB will be more effective than CPF, says MPP

By Our Staff Reporter
IMPHAL, May 25: The Indian Reserve Battalion (IRB) which understands the sentiments of the people of Manipur will be more effective than the Central Paramilitary Forces and as such, they should be involved in inspecting the designated camps of the SoO Kuki militants besides giving it the duty of protecting the people and the National Highways, said Manipur People's Party (MPP) to the Centre and the State Govt.
MPP vice president (admin) Yengkokpam Priyokumar, at its office near Pologround, Imphal, said the Central Paramilitary Force deployed in the State are unable to protect lives and properties of the indigenous people amid the crisis and as such, there is suspicion that the Government may be working under a hidden agenda to suppress the indigenous community.
The chain of violent events that started on May 3 have landed the State into a crisis and amid such a situation, letting the Kuki cadres under Suspension of Operation (SoO) roam freely and attack civilians is unfortunate, he said.
Moreover, the Government and the Central Paramilitary Forces have not been able to lift the blockade imposed on National Highways and provide safe passage to vehicles including trucks carrying goods, he added.
Asking if the Central Paramilitary Forces are deployed in the State to protect Kuki militants, Priyokumar asserted that the Indian Reserve Battalion (IRB) will be more effective in the discharge of their duties as they understand the sentiments of the people of the State.
IRB should be deployed to protect civilians and involved in inspecting and checking the designated camps, cadres and their arms and ammunition. They should also be given the task to protect the National Highways, he said.
Stressing the need to identify forces that are threatening the integrity and unity of all communities, Priyokumar also called on all concerned not to devise any policy that may adversely impact and hinder the peaceful coexistence of all communities in the State.
He appealed to the Government to provide appropriate compensations to all victims who have lost loved ones, and their properties in the conflict.