Imphal: A soldier was killed when suspected militants ambushed a convoy of the Assam Rifles along the Indo-Myanmar border in Manipur’s Ukhrul district on Monday.
Assam Rifles officials said that the attack took place at Phukai Kuki village area under Kamjong subdivision in Ukhrul district, located close to the border. The militants first ambushed the convoy with improvised explosive devices (IED) and then fired at the convoy indiscriminately, seriously injuring an junior commissioned officer, who died on the spot.
“We suspect the hands of Peoples’ Liberation Army (PLA) behind the attack,” the officials said.
PLA is the armed wing of armed wing of Revolutionary People’s Front (RPF), one of the major militant outfits operating in Manipur.
Although the security forces retaliated immediately, there was no report of any injury on the side of the militants. The gun fighting continued for more than one hour, the officials said.
The incident took place about two weeks after the state government on October 12 imposed prohibitory orders along a three-km radius of the Indian-Myanmar border in Ukhrul, Churachandpur and Chandel districts to stop cross border movement of terrorists as well as smuggling of contraband items and firearms.
The prohibitory orders restricts anyone from travel in the area between 6 p.m. till 4 a.m. without prior approval from the Assam Rifles manning the border areas.
Indian Railways have taken a holistic approach towards development and the 111-km-long new broad gauge railway line from Jiribam to Imphal
The 111-km-long line comprises 37 tunnels and the tunnel no 12 will be the longest in the Indian Railway at 11.55 km
The tunnel would not only connect two parts of Manipur by rail but it would also be a symbolic representation of the state getting connected to the Indian mainland
Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Saturday, July 30, announced the commencement of works of the longest tunnel in the Indian Railway – on the Jiribam-Tupul-Imphal new broad gauge railway line in Manipur.
The 111-km-long line comprises 37 tunnels and the tunnel no 12 will be the longest in the Indian Railway at 11.55 km. Besides the longest tunnel in Indian Railway, the stretch also has another striking feature – the tallest bridge in the world, being constructed over Iring river with a pier height of 141 metres, almost equal to two Qutub Minar stacked over each other.
Prabhu made the announcement for the commencement of work on the tunnel while speaking at a function to lay the foundation stone of the proposed railway station at Yurembam village, 13 km away from Imphal.
“Connectivity is the prime driver of development and the Railway Ministry would not spare any resources for bringing in speedy development of rail connectivity in the region. Indian Railways have taken a holistic approach towards development and the 111-km-long new broad gauge railway line from Jiribam to Imphal.
“This will not only connect Imphal to the rest of the country but also open up new vistas for economic development of the region,” said Prabhu in his address on the occasion.
“We are proud of our cultural heritage and therefore the proposed Imphal station had been designed incorporating the architectural elements of Kangla Fort Gate and Shri Govindji Temple -two historical monuments of Manipur,” he said, adding Minister of State for Railways, Rajen Gohain would be entrusted with monitoring progress of the projects so that they can be completed in time.
Announcing the commencement of the works for the Tunnel No. 12, Prabhu said the tunnel would not only connect two parts of Manipur by rail but it would also be a symbolic representation of the state getting connected to the Indian mainland.
The 111-km-long Jiribam-Tupul-Imphal new broad gauge railway project was taken up in 2008 and was soon declared as a National Project. While the works for 12.5-km-long Jiribam to Dholakhal section has been completed and commissioned for freight train in March 2016, construction of 25 out of the total 37 tunnels on the 84 km Jiribam-Tupul section have been completed April this year. The works for the rest are also progressing well.
Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh, while expressing his satisfaction and happiness for Indian Railway’s initiatives for bringing in better connectivity to the region, requested the central government to consider extending the railway line to Moreh from Imphal. (IANS)
Notably, the schools and colleges are already closed for two days following a government order in view of anti-migrant agitations
On the other hand, for nearly a week women activists have been intercepting all Manipur-bound passenger buses to off-load migrant workers who come to the state without proper documents
However, the police have refused to file cases against them, contending that the migrants are all Indians
Protesting the police high-handedness, the Joint Committee on Inner Line Permit System (JCILPS) has imposed a 24-hour public curfew in Manipur from Friday midnight.
Essential services and students have been exempted. Notably, the schools and colleges are already closed for two days following a government order in view of anti-migrant agitations.
B.K. Moirangcha, convener of the JCILPS, said, “After obtaining permission from the authorities, preparations were being made for a meeting to discuss the burning issues, including Khomdram Ratan, a former convener, being declared as absconder. However, a fresh order was issued banning the public meeting.”
Despite the sudden closure of schools, several girl students had turned up and they were locked in a face-off with the policewomen.
Meanwhile, Justice N. Koteswor and Justgice Kh. Nobin of the Manipur High Court on Friday ruled that the plea of Ratan to review the government order declaring him absconder is “maintainable”.
On the other hand, for nearly a week women activists have been intercepting all Manipur-bound passenger buses to off-load migrant workers who come to the state without proper documents. So far, nearly 700 migrant workers have been handed over to authorities.
However, the police have refused to file cases against them, contending that the migrants are all Indians. On Friday, 71 migrant workers were caught without identity papers.