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Manipur: The army team involved in 9th June army operation along the India-Myanmar border in which several militants were killed. (Photo: IANS/DPRO)

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New Delhi: With 41 deaths this year, India’s northeastern states are now the most unsafe conflict theatres for security forces.

These states accounted for 23 deaths  in 2014, according to data compiled by the South Asia Terrorism Portal.

Eighteen Indian Army soldiers were killed and 11 injured in Manipur’s Chandel district in a terrorist ambush on June 4, the worst such attack in three decades.

Thirty-four security personnel died this year while countering Maoists in various states affected by left-wing extremism.

Jammu and Kashmir, another serious terrorism-affected zone in India, has seen 18 security personnel lose their lives this year.

Kshmir ranks third this year in the deaths of security personnel after Chattisgarh (28 deaths) and Manipur (20 deaths).

Overall, India has lost 3,093 security personnel due to terrorist violence over the period 2005-2014, but yearly deaths have declined by 63 percent since 2005.

Responsibility for the June 4 attack was claimed by Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland (Khaplang) or NSC (N), a Naga separatist outfit, and Kanglei Yawol KannaLup (KYKL), a Manipuri Meitei separatist outfit, both operating out of Myanmar.

The Indian Army launched retributive action against the groups in two locations along the Indo-Myanmar border.

The operation was conducted in coordination with Myanmar after the army received “credible and specific” intelligence inputs that further attacks were being planned, according to an official army statement. (IANS)

(In arrangement with IndiaSpend.org, a data-driven, non-profit, public-interest journalism platform.
Abheet Singh Sethi can be contacted at webmaster@indiaspend.org. The views expressed are personal)

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi Inaugurates Eight Projects in Manipur

Modi arrived at Imphal amid a shutdown and boycott imposed by some underground organisations protesting against his visit

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Modi to inaugurate several infrastructure projects in Odisha. VOA

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated eight projects during his one-hour visit to Manipur on Friday.

He also laid the foundation stones of four other projects which will be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 1,500 crore.

Despite a boycott call given by some insurgent outfits, there was a huge crowd at Hapta Kangjeibung where Narendra Modi addressed a public meeting.

Modi said that most of the projects were delayed by the previous Congress government, thereby wasting more money. “If the projects had been completed without delay, people would have benefitted,” he said.

The Prime Minister said that helicopter services had been introduced for the people and the construction of the Jiribam-Toupul rail line was progressing.

He said that 18,000 remote villages in Manipur had been electrified.

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Narendra Modi (Wikimedia Commons)

Narendra Modi praised Manipuri women for being in the forefront in all spheres. He recalled how Mary Kom, the international pugilist, had won fame for India.

“It is in appreciation of the brilliant sportspersons of Manipur that the National Sports University was opened in Manipur,” he said.

The Prime Minister said that Delhi was now closer to the northeastern region. He said: “As Prime Minister, I have visited the region 30 times.”

He said the Integrated Check Post at Moreh, the border town of Manipur, will benefit the people of both India and Myanmar in trade and tourism.

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Modi arrived at Imphal amid a shutdown and boycott imposed by some underground organisations protesting against his visit.

Normal life was disrupted during the shutdown. All shops, commercial institutes, schools and colleges were shut. (IANS)