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Every 50 Manipuris are under the barrel of one CPMF man’s gun. Over 51,000 CPMF, 10,000 Army, 15,000 MR/IRB, 1,600 Cdos and 5000 civil police operating in state

Posted by Admin on December 9, 2009

Source: Hueiyen News Service / Thingbaijam Dhamen

Imphal, December 08 2009: An approximate 51,000 Central security men are assisting 5,056 civil police to guard an estimated 25 lakh heads in trouble riddled state of Manipur where around 10,000 armed cadres of more than 39 militant outfits are operating.

This can be estimated as a security man for every 50 heads.

The security man per head can be estimated at a security man for every 36 if state armed security and police are also counted.

The total security men and police can be estimated at around 20,000 newly inducted police and IRB personnel.

The number included civil police, police commandos, Manipur Rifles and Indian Reserved Battalions.

According to the latest security deployment chart available from various sources, a total of 41 battalions of Central Paramilitary Force (28 battalions of Assam Rifles, six battalions of Border Security Force and seven Central Reserved Police Force (CRPF) are deploying at as many as 229 posts open across the state.

More over 10 more battalions of Army (Maratha Light Infantry, Gokha Rifles and Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry are also in assisting the Assam Rifles and Manipur Police Commandos in the counter insurgency operation and internal security of the state.

An estimated 28,000 (1000 per battalion) personnel of 28 battalions of Assam Rifles who are taking major role in counter insurgency as well as guarding the international border with the Myanmar are opening their posts at as many as 133 posts across the state as per the latest deployment chart.

Battalions of the forces deploying in state are 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 11th, 12th, 16th, 17th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 28th, 29th, 30th, 31st, 32nd, 33rd, 34th, 36th, 39th, 42nd, 43th, 32/11 Field Regiment and 10 sector “B” Range, 27 sector Rear are deploying in the said 133 posts.

The force has highest number of 34 posts in Chandel district, a border district of Manipur with Myanmar.

Most of the posts located near the international borderline.

Churachandpur district, another district bordering with Myanmar has the second with 24 posts.

With 16 posts, Ukhrul district has the third highest number of AR posts.

This district also has border with Myanmar.

It has 14 posts in Senapati districts, nine posts in Tamenglong, 13 in Thoubal district, 10 in Imphal east district, six in Imphal west district, seven in Bishnupur district.

These Assam Rifles are operating under the commands of the Inspector General of Assam Rifles (South)- IGAR (S) and 57th Mountain Division.

The IGAR (S) covers Ukhrul, Chandel, Imphal east and west districts while 57th Mountain Division has its operations in the rest districts.

Assam Rifles are deploying with other Army establishments, Maratha Light Infantry, Gorkha Rifles and Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry under the 57th Mountain Division.

Seven battalions (32th, 69th, 86th, 88th, 109th, 143th and 172nd) of the Central Reserved Police Force (CRPF) are also deploying in as many as 70 posts in the state.

CRPF are mostly utilized in guarding VIP and VVIP and important installations and in the protection of national highway 53 from Imphal to Jiribam.

Border Security Force (BSF) has also six battalions in Manipur and they have 26 posts at various places mostly in valley areas and Jiribam sub-division of Imphal east bordering with Assam state.

Some of its posts also located along the Imphal-Jiribam section of the NH-53 .

The six battalions of BSF deploying in the state are 88th, 112nd, 140th, 133th, 55th and 193th.These Central Security Forces is above the state’s six battalions of Manipur Rifles and Indian reserved battalions of manpower strength of 10,396 to assist the various civil police units of 5,056 strength.

State government is going revamp modernization under the Centre sponsored scheme, modernization of police force.

Manipur government has also recently decided to open nine more police stations above the existing 93 police stations. According to the 2001 census report, the population of Manipur is 2,388,634 which now expected to 25 lakhs.

The state is bounded by the states of Nagaland to the north, Mizoram to the south and Assam to the west.

It also borders Myanmar to the east.

It covers an area of 22,347 square kilometres (8,628 sq mi).

A total of 39 different underground outfits including those 18 Kuki militants enjoying ceasefire with the security forces under the trilateral Suspension of Operation are operating in the state.

Among then six outfits- Kangleipak Communist Party (KCP), Kanglei Yawol Kanna Lup (KYKL), Manipur People’s Liberation Front (MPLF), People’s Liberation Army (PLA), People’s Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak (PREPAK) and United National Liberation Front (UNLF) are banned outfits.

Intelligence section of the state police department estimated around 10,000 armed cadres of these different outfits are operating actively in the state.

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