Imphal, Jan 23: Women continued their stir today demanding shifting of the Assam Rifles (AR) from Moreh in Chandel district. A rally was taken out on January 20 at Moreh to demand replacement of the AR by a ‘disciplined’ force and about a thousand women occupied the no man’s land from January 21.
An all community women’s Joint Action Committee had launched the stir, supported by students’ groups of the district. About ten people were injured in the agitation, police said. MLA Bijoy Koijam reached Moreh yesterday to review the situation. Officials said he interacted with senior AR personnel and the agitating women. However, no solution could be worked out.
The situation was tense as the agitation was carried out in the border areas and the women had placed the specific demand of punishing Maj. Atul Yadav of the AR for alleged indulging in sodomy.The residents of Moreh also demanded that the AR should follow the Supreme Court order of issueing arrest memo when anybody was arrested. Objections were also raised against army operations in civil dress.
Meanwhile, the United People’s Front and other organisations have appealed to the state government to restore normalcy in the border town. The AMSU has also sent a medical team to the no man’s land where the women have been agitating for the last two day.