Sunday, June 4, 2023

Assam Rifles avert mob attack in Jiribam

On May 3, when entire Manipur valley exploded in the ethnic strife, the ripples were felt in Jiribam which has fair mix of the affected communities. The Assam Rifles at the time quickly mobilised their columns and reached potential flash points in time to dissuade the mob who had gathered to indulge in act of violence and vandalism.
A press release by the Srikona battalion stated that it saved a church and many houses from being burnt and vandalised. Thereafter, it engaged community leaders to spread the message of peace and harmony in close coordination with state police and civil administration
The press release stated that active patrolling and domination prevented inimical elements from their nefarious design even as it destroyed many check posts erected by the vigilantes and seized large number of weapons
The release further stated that proactive intervention led to rumours being arrested and situation remaining under control. Relief camps were visited and relief in terms of medical camps, rations, water supply was provided.
AR stated that it worked round the clock with the civil administration and nipped the situation in the bud and controlled in this Western Gateway to Manipur.
The Srikona battalion added that efforts are now being directed to encourage people to return to their homes and start their daily life in harmony with others. As on date, almost 200 people have returned and the signs are encouraging. May be Jiribam will emerge as an example for others to emulate in coming days, it added.


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