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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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 influx of refugees from Myanmar could be increasing every month, especially since the 2021 military coup
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
An India Reserve Battalion (IRB) jawan and a driver were killed in an ambush by suspected militants in Manipur's Kangpokpi district.
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.
Early on Saturday morning, a new auger machine arrived at the site but remained unused after fears of further damage to the tunnel.
The soldiers were not injured as they were travelling in a mine protected vehicle, officials said
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
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
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.
Over 400 new polling booths have been added to the existing 23,677 booths, with additional CRPF battalions being stationed in hypersensitive areas.
Moreh has been on high alert since Tuesday when sub-divisional police officer, Moreh, Chingtham Anand Kumar was killed
The government has maintained that terror groups from Myanmar and Bangladesh were fuelling violence in Manipur
One border guard and one civilian were injured after Pakistan Rangers initiated unprovoked firing along the International Border in the Arnia sector
A BSF spokesperson in Delhi said that Pakistan Rangers also fired mortars which was countered “befittingly with appropriate response”
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.
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.
The suspected militant, 45, was in touch with a Myanmar-based terror group since June, the officers said.
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.
Manipur police did not confirm the status of the three men who were admitted at the two hospitals with bullet injuries.
Three of the four cases are part of the 27 first information reports (FIRs) being probed by the Central Bureau of Investigation
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
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
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
Families affected by the violence are still waiting for justice and closure, with some still not knowing the fate of their loved ones.
A high court order asking the state government to consider the Scheduled Tribe status for the dominant Meitei community opened old fault lines