Defence Chief : Challenges in Manipur will take some time to settle
General Chauhan, Defence Chief was in Pune on Tuesday to review the passing out parade of the 144th course of the National Defence Academy (NDA).
General Anil Chauhan, Chief Of Defence Staff said that challenges in Manipur have not disappeared, but expressed hope that things will settle down in some time.
He noted that the situation in the north-eastern state presently is not related to insurgency. The death toll from clashes since ethnic rioting began on May 3 in Manipur has gone up to 80, according to officials.
Asked about the situation in Manipur, he told reporters that, “The Army, Assam Rifles were deployed in Manipur before 2020.
Since the insurgency situation had normalised,while tge challenges of the northern borders were far more, we had withdrawn the Army. “ Now Army has again moved in to help normalize the situation..
The situation now in Manipur is “not related to insurgency”. It is a clash between two ethnicities and a situation of law and order, he said.
“We are helping the state government with the problem,” the CDS said.
“I would like to say that the armed forces and Assam Rifles have done an excellent job there and may have saved a large number of lives. Though the challenges in Manipur have not disappeared, it will take some time. Hopefully this will settle and the government there will be able to do the job with the help of CAPF (Central Armed Police Forces) etc,” he said.
In his address to the cadets, Chauhan spoke out the deployment of China’s PLA (People’s Liberation Army) along the northern borders.
“We see the war in Europe, the deployment of China’s PLA along the northern borders and geo-political crisis in neighbouring countries. These crisis present a challenge to India, but the armed forces are firm to maintain the legitimacy of India’s claims and peace in the region,” he said.