IMPHAL, Jun 11: Hundreds of villagers from Molkol village and its surrounding areas in Saikhul have left their homes following clashes between rival cadres of KRA and KNA in the village on June 9.
Out of around 500 villagers who are taking refuge in five churches in Saikhul area, as many as 300 are women.
In the meantime, MLA from Saikhul kendra, Doukhomang Khongsai today visited the villagers taking asylum at the churches and distributed rice, sugar, edible oil, potatoes, salt and other essential commodities.
Mention may be made that two cadres belonging to the KRA and one to the KNA were killed in a marathon clash that took place between cadres of the KNA and KRA at Molkon village. The clash lasted from the evening of June 9 and continued till the morning of the next day. One KRA cadre was also wounded in the clash.
The villagers of Molkon, Naphai, Tigumnong, and Bouchei numbering around 500 left their homes while the clash was in progress and reached Saikhul bazar yesterday.
The villagers are taking shelter at Thankaphai, CBC, CHBA, KBC and KCC churches located at Saikhul and its surrounding areas under the Saikhul police station.
Local MLA Doukhamang who also attended a function organised by the Kuki Innpi said that once Saikhul area was a peaceful zone and many people settled there, but owing to the tension among the armed militants based there, peace had vanished from the area.
This had hampered development activities in the area, he said while expressing concern over the prevailing tense situation in the area.
While expressing concern over the increasing number of minor children joining the militants, he appealed to parents and guardians to restrain their children from joining the outlawed outfits and bring them up to be worthy citizens.
He also assured that various development works in the Saikhul area in his capacity would be taken up soon, adding that improvement work of the road from Saikhul to Molkon would be taken up at the earliest.
While announcing his assurance, he also urged the militants not to give any disturbance in taking up of development works.
He also urged them to maintain peace in the area.
MLA Th Nandakishore who was also with Doukhomang asked the people not to provide any help to the militants as they were hampering development works in the state.
SDO, Saikhul, T Manihar also observed that due to the clash among the members of the same community in Saikhul area, peace could not prevail in the area.
He said due to the clash among the militants, the civil populace was facing immense hardship and all development work was stalled.
He further announced that the NREGS programme would be implemented in Saikhul area as the authorities were getting ready for the same.
The function was also attended by leaders of churches, clubs and village chiefs along with representatives of the Kuki Students’ Organization.