Kuki militants

Imphal, Nov 03: Two Kuki militants who had escaped from their hideouts in Manipur’s border town of Moreh were killed by the Myanmar army in an operation near the Namphalong market, Myanmar. The incident occurred on Friday at around 9 a.m., and an equal number of Kuki militants were arrested in the operation at different hideouts, according to intelligence sources across the border.

Namphalong is located very close to Moreh gate number two, connecting Myanmar.

The Myanmar Army (MA) has been engaged in fighting the combined forces of the People’s Defence Force (Myanmar) (PDF) and Kuki National Army (KNA) (B) since 2021. The Kuki militants had fled their homes due to ongoing operations by Indian security forces following the killing of the SDPO Moreh (Tengnoupal subdivision) Chintham Anand Kumar on October 31.

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The crackdown on Kuki militants in Manipur intensified, with operations conducted in several villages. The fleeing Kuki militants are currently hiding in villages like Khangpat and T Minou, under the Tamu police station in the Sangaing region of Myanmar.

In the meantime, approximately 150 Kuki-Zo people, including women and children, sought shelter near the gate of the 5 Assam Rifles in Manipur’s Tengnoupal district for the second consecutive day. They left their homes due to concerns about cordon and search operations, even though these operations were conducted with CCTV cameras and other equipment for transparency.

The situation remains tense in the region, with ongoing conflict and displacement affecting the local population.