Guwahati (Agency): Thousands of troops from Jammu & Kashmir have been redeployed in violence-hit Manipur and several thousands more are on their way to the roiled state, top security sources said as the Centre gears up to resettle 50,000 displaced Meitei and Kuki population.
So far, 2,000 personnel and officers of Crpf and BSF comprising nine companies of Crpf, including a mahila company, and 18 companies of BSF, have been deployed. The nine Crpf companies reached Imphal on Tuesday while nine BSF companies reached Dimapur on Wednesday and were making their journey to Imphal. The remaining half of BSF companies are on their way. “There are already over 10,000 personnel of the central armed police forces (134 companies of Crpf, BSF, ITBP and SSB) deployed in the state apart from large presence of Army and Assam Rifles,” a security source said.
“The additional 27 companies of Crpf and BSF were all deployed in J&K and were utilized during the Amarnath Yatra, which ended on August 31. There are plans to send more forces after the G20 Summit,” the source said.
The security build-up in Manipur is a preparation for rehabilitation and resettlement of over 50,000 internally displaced persons in the sectarian conflict the continues for more than four months now. Officials said the Centre and state have already started the process of providing prefabricated houses as temporary shelter homes for those living in relief camps.
The PMO has allocated Rs 149 crore for the setting up of prefabricated homes for 3,000 families affected by the violence in the state.On August 23, while handing over prefabricated houses to 400 displaced families near the Sajiwa Jail complex in Imphal East district, chief minister N Biren Singh had said those displaced by the the ethnic clashes would be shifted to their original houses once peace is restored.
He had also said permanent houses for those who have lost their houses would also be constructed at their original places, and a survey for the same had begun.
On Tuesday, IPR minister S Ranjan said about 700 displaced people have started resettling at Torbung Bangla in Bishnupur district.Last month, the Centre sent 10 companies of CRPF, BSF, SSB and ITBP to the northeastern state following a fresh flare-up.Besides the primary role of area domination by the security forces, including the Army and the Assam Rifles, the Manipur government has also deployed troops to provide security to farmers returning to their fields. (Courtesy: The Times of India)