Prawesh Lama

Prawesh Lama covers crime, policing, and issues of security in Delhi. Raised in Darjeeling, educated in Mumbai, he also looks at special features on social welfare in the National Capital.

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‘Vulnerable from both sides’: Naga colony caught in Manipur strife

Manipur has been witnessing ethnic clashes between Meiteis, based primarily in Imphal Valley, and tribal Kukis, who are in majority in nearby hill districts, since May

The Naga Colony in New Kethelmanbi is home to around 50 houses (HT)
Updated on Nov 30, 2023 06:48 AM IST
By, New Keithelmanbi, Manipur

United by marriage, trade: This Mizoram town’s relations with Myanmar run deeper

The influx of refugees from Myanmar could be increasing every month, especially since the 2021 military coup

Residents of the town are in fact opposed to a border fence to curb the infiltration
Updated on Nov 29, 2023 06:24 PM IST
By, India-myanmar Border (mizoram)

Myanmar ex-soldiers look to build a new life in Mizoram

Earlier this month, at least 74 Myanmar army personnel, who had deserted their posts in Myanmar, had entered India after rebel groups captured their bases.

That Pian, Myanmar army ex-rifleman, works as a porter wherever he can find work.
Updated on Nov 27, 2023 01:35 AM IST

Hundreds of students displaced from strife-torn Myanmar resume studies in India

The closure of schools in Myanmar has also opened up opportunities for residents of Mizoram, who are now teaching students in restaurants across the border.

Labiakcliki (left) and Ngunliansanga at school in Zokhawthar. (Prawesh Lama/HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 26, 2023 04:35 AM IST
By, India-myanmar Border (mizoram)

Village life before and after the Myanmar crisis: Hard to harder

Over 30,000 refugees from Myanmar have fled to Mizoram, India, since the military coup in 2021, with many living in makeshift camps near the border.

A row of makeshift tents where an estimated 10,000 Myanmar nationals are living in Zohkawathar, Mizoram. (Prawesh Lama/HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 25, 2023 06:40 AM IST
By, India-myanmar Border (mizoram)

‘We ran towards India’: Fear grips Myanmar border areas

The villages of Tiao D and Tiao Khawmami in Myanmar have been heavily damaged by bombings from the Myanmar Army, causing thousands of residents to flee to India.

The roofs are damaged, the streets are littered with splinters, and tin sheets that served as walls have holes pierced by bombs. Many of the houses are locked but some are just bolted, and most of the windowpanes are shattered. (File photo)
Updated on Nov 24, 2023 07:00 AM IST
By, India-myanmar Border (mizoram)

Refugees now reach south Mizoram amid fresh airstrikes by Myanmar army

While new refugees were streaming into north Mizoram since the fighting between the ruling Junta and the rebel forces intensified in Myanmar on October 27, this is the first time in the past two weeks that the southern district of Saiha received refugees who had lost their homes

At least 90 new Myanmar nationals crossed the Mizoram borders over the last two days, say officials. (ANI)
Updated on Nov 23, 2023 07:20 AM IST

2 killed including an IRB jawan in violence-hit Manipur: Police

An India Reserve Battalion (IRB) jawan and a driver were killed in an ambush by suspected militants in Manipur's Kangpokpi district.

Henminlen Vaipei was serving personnel of the India Reserve Battalion attached to 6 IRB in Mission Veng, Manipur (HT)
Updated on Nov 21, 2023 02:32 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Punjab districts on alert after rise in drone intrusions along border

Increased drone intrusions by Pakistani smugglers from across the border have put villages in Punjab on high alert. Border guards have shot down at least 13 drones carrying illicit drugs over the past week. The smugglers used DJI Mavic Classic and DJI Matrice drones. The home ministry plans to implement an anti-drone system in vulnerable villages along the international border.

The drone was recovered in Wan village of Tarn Taran district in Punjab on November 18 (HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 20, 2023 06:56 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Rescuers to drill from top of tunnel to save trapped workers in Uttarakhand

Early on Saturday morning, a new auger machine arrived at the site but remained unused after fears of further damage to the tunnel.

A heavy machinery works at the entrance to the site of an under-construction road tunnel that collapsed in Uttarakhand, on Saturday. (AP)
Updated on Nov 19, 2023 08:32 AM IST
By, , Silkyara/new Delhi

Militants plant IED, ambush Assam Rifles troops on patrol in Manipur

The soldiers were not injured as they were travelling in a mine protected vehicle, officials said

Representative photo. (ANI)
Updated on Nov 17, 2023 01:25 AM IST

In Manipur, army, Assam Rifles join efforts to trace soldier’s abducted kin

Indian army and Assam Rifles personnel posted in Manipur joined the operation to search and rescue four family members of a serving soldier abducted in Imphal West district on Tuesday morning, people aware of the matter said on Wednesday

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Updated on Nov 09, 2023 06:26 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Manipur: Army, Assam Rifles troops join operation to find four abducted people

Over the last three days, six people have been abducted in two different incidents in Manipur, which has been wracked by Kuki-Meitei ethnic violence since May

Violence erupted in Kangchup area along Imphal West and Kangpokpi districts after the news of abduction spread. (PTI)
Updated on Nov 08, 2023 12:12 PM IST

Soldier’s kin among 4 abducted in Manipur; 7 injured in firing

Of the four people, three are relatives of a serving army soldier. They were abducted allegedly by Meitei militants in Imphal West district on Tuesday.

Violence erupted in Kangchup area along Imphal West and Kangpokpi districts after the news of abduction spread (PTI)
Updated on Nov 08, 2023 04:50 AM IST
By, , New Delhi, Guwahati

CRPF team reaches Chhattisgarh to review security preparations ahead of polls

Over 400 new polling booths have been added to the existing 23,677 booths, with additional CRPF battalions being stationed in hypersensitive areas.

Separately, 62 additional companies have been brought into the state. There are around 3,000 sensitive booths. (PTI/File)
Updated on Nov 06, 2023 01:35 AM IST

Manipur's Moreh on alert; 200 Assam Rifles personnel flown in

Moreh has been on high alert since Tuesday when sub-divisional police officer, Moreh, Chingtham Anand Kumar was killed

Security forces are on the lookout for militants from Myanmar who are suspected to be involved in fanning tensions in the northeastern state (ANI)
Updated on Nov 03, 2023 05:08 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Myanmar nationals among people detained in Manipur day after policeman’s killing

The government has maintained that terror groups from Myanmar and Bangladesh were fuelling violence in Manipur

The policeman was shot dead in Moreh. (REUTERS)
Published on Nov 01, 2023 12:15 PM IST

BSF lodges protest with Pakistan Rangers over ceasefire violation

One border guard and one civilian were injured after Pakistan Rangers initiated unprovoked firing along the International Border in the Arnia sector

Jammu, Oct 27 (ANI): People stand outside their damaged homes after following unprovoked firing by the Pakistan Rangers along the international border in Arnia and RS Pura sectors of Jammu, on Friday. (ANI Photo) (Shanky Rathore)
Updated on Oct 29, 2023 05:34 AM IST

BSF trooper injured in firing across India-Pakistan border near Jammu

A BSF spokesperson in Delhi said that Pakistan Rangers also fired mortars which was countered “befittingly with appropriate response”

A BSF patrol at the India-Pakistan border near Jammu. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Oct 27, 2023 10:39 AM IST

In Manipur, fake military gear adds to security woes

Combing operations in Manipur have led to the recovery of weapons and gear resembling military outfits, highlighting a growing problem for security agencies in the state. The operations have recovered bullet proof vests, fake military uniforms, military boots, walkie talkies, radio sets, and tear gas shells, as well as three unregistered vehicles painted in camouflage. The recovery of fake military uniforms suggests that civilians were posing as security personnel during ethnic clashes in the state. At least 178 people have died and 50,000 have been displaced in the clashes since May 3.

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Updated on Oct 23, 2023 05:34 AM IST

As Sikkim rescue op winds down, the search continues for local hero

Two weeks after flash floods in northern Sikkim, most rescue teams have called off their searches, except for a team of 31 rescuers who are still looking for one man, Dr Pema Norden Lachungpa. Lachungpa, a local hero, helped save over a hundred people when tragedy struck Chungthang district. He is missing after entering the dam to rescue trapped workers. The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has stayed back to search for him.

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Updated on Oct 18, 2023 06:00 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Man held with arms in Manipur relative of sitting MLA, says officer

The suspected militant, 45, was in touch with a Myanmar-based terror group since June, the officers said.

The Manipur Police, in a statement on Saturday night, said that an active member of banned outfit Kanglei Yawol Kanna Lup (KYKL) was arrested with a 9 mm Beretta US Corp pistol, seven rounds (of ammunition) and extortion money. (AFP) (File)(HT_PRINT)
Updated on Oct 16, 2023 04:51 AM IST

Chhattisgarh govt eyes more voter participation in areas now freed of Maoists

Voting for the 90-member assembly is scheduled to be held in two phases, on November 7 and 17. The results will be announced on December 3.

Voting for the 90-member Chhattisgarh assembly is scheduled to be held in two phases, on Nov 7 and 17. (PTI)
Updated on Oct 15, 2023 05:01 AM IST

Three injured as armed men open fire in strife-torn Manipur: Officials

Manipur police did not confirm the status of the three men who were admitted at the two hospitals with bullet injuries.

In a fresh bout of violence, three men sustained bullet wounds after armed militants opened fire in Kangpkpi district of Manipur. (AFP)
Updated on Oct 13, 2023 02:29 AM IST
By, New Delhi

4 shocking cases in strife-torn Manipur, 1 common thread: Long wait for justice

Three of the four cases are part of the 27 first information reports (FIRs) being probed by the Central Bureau of Investigation

The clashes that started on May 3 have claimed 178 lives so far (AFP)
Updated on Oct 07, 2023 04:53 AM IST

Sikkim floods: NDRF faces great unknown in bid to save 14 trapped in tunnels

The Sikkim government on Wednesday acted on information from local authorities and informed the Centre, which ordered that an NDRF team be sent to the tunnels

Search operation is underway near a flood site along the Teesta river (ANI)
Updated on Oct 06, 2023 04:59 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Scores feared dead in flash floods in Sikkim

Sikkim declared the floods a disaster and authorities warned that the toll is expected to mount dramatically, with the possibility of missing people being found alive remote

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Updated on Oct 05, 2023 06:40 AM IST

What is a unified command and why does Manipur need it?

Since ethnic violence broke out in May, multiple agencies were tasked to restore normalcy in a tinder-box situation. A nodal coordination group is vital

In this photo taken on September 28, 2023, security personnel fire tear gas as miscreants protest near the family home of chief minister N Biren Singh, in Imphal in India's northeastern state of Manipur, amid ongoing ethnic violence. (AFP)
Updated on Oct 04, 2023 08:47 PM IST

Five months on, peace eludes ethnic violence-hit Manipur

Families affected by the violence are still waiting for justice and closure, with some still not knowing the fate of their loved ones.

Ethnic violence began in Manipur May 3, killing over 178 people in a span of five months. (AFP)
Updated on Oct 04, 2023 12:40 AM IST
By, , Guwahati/new Delhi

Fault lines grow deeper as ethnic violence continues to roil Manipur

A high court order asking the state government to consider the Scheduled Tribe status for the dominant Meitei community opened old fault lines

A solidarity meeting in Imphal on Monday. (ANI)
Published on Oct 03, 2023 01:39 PM IST
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