State forces battling odds at Mao, Senapati Hqs virtually barricaded
Ration stock low, Army's aid sought

Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, May 07 2010: With the ration supply of the State forces stationed at Mao to prevent entry of NSCN (IM) general secretary Th Muivah, running out and with some of the security personnel falling sick, the Army authority has been approached to aid the civil administration in controlling the situation in Senapati district.

In a late evening development, it is reliably learnt that the Army personnel have been deployed at the sensitive areas along NH-39 for area domination.

According to information received by the press, the ration supply of the large State forces led by IG (Law and Order-III) V Zathang stationed at Mao, is running out and some of the personnel have fallen ill but the necessary ration and medicine could not be arranged from Imphal because of the bandh along the National Highway-39 and large numbers of huge barricades put up along the Highway, thereby creating a lot of inconveniences to the security personnel.

Women folks on vigil putting a barricade along NH-39

A late report received in the evening today said that the ration stock for the security forces would be airlifted from Imphal to Mao.

Talking to The Sangai Express in this regard, IG (Law and Order-III) V Zathang confirmed shortage of food supply for the security personnel stationed at Mao .

As some of the personnel have also fallen ill, the required medicines were bought from a pharmacy after requesting the owner to open it today, the police officer informed.

Maintaining that normalcy is slowing returning to Mao, the police officer, however, refuted the report of some newly recruited police personnel being held captive by the protestors and said that all of them are safe.

A top official in the Home Department informed that Army have been requisitioned to aid the civil administration in controlling the situation in Senapati district.

Disclosing that GOC of 57 Mountain Division Major Gen DS Hooda would be visiting Senapati and Mao tomorrow to monitor the situation personally, the source said that the Government is expected to submit a detailed report on the situation arising out of the proposed visit of Muivah to Manipur to the Governor who is in turn is again expected to forward the report to the Centre.

With protestors piling up stones/woods along the road, dismantling bridge or digging up the road in between T Khullen and Mao to prevent movement of additional security from Imphal after the yesterday's violent incident at Mao, the reinforcement of 7th MR led by its CO Kh Chandramani which have rushed in yesterday could not go ahead and are stationing at Kangpokpi.

A media team which had gone from here too could not proceed further T Khullen, which is located 3 kms beyond Kangpokpi, because of the road block.

According to villagers, most parts of the bridge at Mayangkhang along National Highway 39 have been dismantled, with the help of excavator stones/earth have been piled up upto a height of 4 to 5 feet along the road at Taphou and at Karong the road has been dug up.

Chairperson of T Khullen Women Society TS Kavaila explained that road block have been enforced as it is feared that there may be more violence in case more additional forces are send from Imphal.

One Bokul from Andro, who was staying in Maram operating tractor but managed to escape from the tense situation in Senapati walking all the way today, said that the road block erected along the National Highway is incredible.

Another fleeing person who was came across at T Khullen said that a group of them have floated down the river without passing Senapati town.