Manipur Accounted 50% of Northeast Violence in 2018: MHA Report
GUWAHATI: As per an annual Union Home Ministry report, Manipur accounted for 50 percent of the total incident of violence across the North East in 2018.
According to the report, in 2018 insurgency related violence declined by 48% in Meghalaya, 40% in Arunachal Pradesh, 16% in Assam and 24% in Manipur compared to 2017. There has been increase in insurgency incidents in Nagaland in 2018.
The State of Manipur is an insurgencyridden State affected by activities of Meitei, Naga, Kuki, Zomi, Hmar and Muslim UG outfits. The State of Manipur remained the most violent State accounting for about 50% of the total incidents in the region in 2018.
However, in 2018 the State witnessed a decline in insurgency related incidents by 24% (2017-167, 2018- 127) and Civilian deaths have further come down from 23 in 2017 to 8 in 2018.
The major militant outfits presently active in the State of Assam are United Liberation Front of Asom – (Independent),(ULFA-I), National Democratic Front of Bodoland (Saoraigwra), (NDFB-S).
ULFA and NDFB have been declared as Unlawful Associations under the provisions of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967. Besides, Karbi Peoples Liberation Tigers (KPLT) is active in Karbi Anglong District of Assam.
ULFA (Pro-Talk), NDFB (Ranjan Diamary), NDFB (Progressive) and Karbi Longri NC Hills Liberation Front (KLNLF) are under SoO agreement with the Government of India and /or Government of Assam.
In 2018, the insurgency related incidents declined by 16% in Assam compared to 2017. It is to be mentioned that ULFA/I accounted for about 57% of the insurgency incidents in the State in 2018, killing 7 civilians and one SF personnel.