Aid to Dingpi victims understudy
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, July 22: State Government is studying feasibility of extending ex-gratia payment to families of Dingpi victims under Chakpikarong sub-division who died in clashes between activists of underground outfits, said the Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh.

Replying to a call attention motion of Chandel assembly constituency MLA BD Behring in the morning session of the assembly session the CM said that despite information received on death of civilians in the skirmishes and displacement of several others Government could not act accordingly due to unfavorable terrain in the affected area.

Ibobi further contended that as the Dingpi village could not be accessed through vehicles in addition to security problem doctors were deputed along with the affected relatives for post mortem at the village itself.

Assuring that it needed more relief materials would be provided to the displaced villagers, he said aid materials like ration, blankets and mosquito nets were already supplied to them when they fled from the Dingpi village located near Molcham and New Somtal where nine people were killed.

He further pledged that adequate relief materials would be supplied and possibility of ex-gratia payment assessed after receiving detailed police report on the incident.

He also disclosed that due to inaccessible terrain from the Indian side Myanmarese authorities at Tamu were approached to reach the affected area but the effort proved futile as permission had to be taken from Rangoon.

Discussion are also on to deploy security personnel in excess of 200 as posting of less than the required number would be a futile exercise due to presence of large number of underground members near the border villages, the Chief Minister said.

Even then after the monsoon season motorable road especially for passage of shaktiman and other four wheelers would be constructed so that security forces in adequate strength could be deployed, the CM, who also hold charge of Home portfolio added.

BD Behring also placed a detailed report regarding UG clashes at the Dingpi village.

In his report, the MLA highlighted that due to absence of security personnel in the border area underground activists dictating terms with the nine persons including a women falling victim to clashes between the UKLF and UNLF gunmen since March 28.During the gun-fights 20 houses were also razed and over 4300 villagers of surrounding 31 villages fled to safer areas of Chakpikarong, Tengnoupal, Moreh, Churachandpur and Imphal, Behring elaborated.

Stating that of nine victims the woman died due to starvation while fleeing for her live in the jungle, he urged the CM to extend ex-gratia to the victim's families even though post mortem of all the bodies could not be conducted.

Narrating the tale of the incidents, the MLA said that two persons were slain by UGs when they tried to flee towards Molcham, two others killed when the UGs detonated explosives tied to the lower part of the bodies while two fleeing brothers serving in the Police Department were exterminated by the UGs suspecting them to be their rivals.