SA­GAING RE­GION

Mizzima Business Weekly - - ETH­NIC NEWS ROUNDUPS - Nam Kham Hay Mann

Kuki Youth Net­work (KYN) is­sued a press state­ment on De­cem­ber 29 which says that the gov­ern­ment did not give pro­tec­tion to peo­ple who were per­se­cuted, in­sulted and bul­lied by Meitei armed group in Myothit Town­ship, Tamu District, Sa­gaing Re­gion, but in­stead they were giv­ing pro­tec­tion to these armed in­sur­gents. This press state­ment fur­ther de­manded ac­tion against such for­eign armed groups. KYN Chair­man Say Gin said, “Chil­dren and women dared not visit their farm­lands and find veg­eta­bles in the jun­gle as these armed in­sur­gents are roam­ing in their vil­lages freely. We re­peat­edly de­manded the gov­ern­ment to drive out Meitei in­sur­gent groups from our ter­ri­tory. We don’t want to see them here. We want to see the gov­ern­ment and re­spon­si­ble of­fi­cials ef­fec­tively take ac­tion against them and re­solve this prob­lem ef­fec­tively.” Re­gard­ing the se­cu­rity in Tamu area, KYN re­peat­edly is­sued press state­ments in 2018 and also House of Na­tion­al­i­ties MP Maung Maung Latt from this con­stituency pre­sented the is­sue in par­lia­ment and dis­cussed on this is­sue but there wasn’t any re­mark­able progress and more­over, this Meitei in­sur­gent group lobbed a hand grenade into the com­pound of the MP’s res­i­dence, KYN Chair­man added. Tamu con­stituency House of Na­tion­al­i­ties (up­per house) MP Maung Maung Latt said, “On that day, I was in a par­lia­ment ses­sion in Naypy­itaw. Only my mom, my sis­ter and my younger brother were inside my house at that time. The peo­ple were scared of them as they dared lob a hand grenade into the com­pound of even the MP’s house. It’s not good to see the lo­cal peo­ple are facing dan­ger and anx­i­ety in do­ing their daily work for their liveli­hoods.” It is learned that lo­cal peo­ple are liv­ing in fear and anx­i­ety as the gov­ern­ment can­not yet iden­tify the cul­prit who lobbed the hand grenade inside the com­pound of up­per house MP Maung Maung Latt’s res­i­dence. Lo­cal peo­ple said that at least three Meitei in­sur­gent groups re­volt­ing against the In­dian gov­ern­ment were liv­ing and op­er­at­ing in Tamu District and also another armed group of Kuki rebels were con­duct­ing mil­i­tary op­er­a­tion inside Myan­mar ter­ri­tory.

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