Early solution to insurgency problem in Manipur difficult: Army

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LEIMAKHONG (MANIPUR): An early solution to the insurgency problem in Manipur is difficult given its complexity due to multiplicity of militant groups and their different sets of demands, a senior Army officer has said.
There are around 30 insurgent outfits, many of them splinter groups with different secessionist demands, while Naga groups, including the NSCN(I-M) and proscribed NSCN(K) are seeking ‘Nagalim’ or greater Nagaland, said Major General V K Mishra, GOC of 57 Mountain Division, involved in anti-insurgency operations in the state.
These apart, 16 Kuki organisations are seeking a separate state for themselves and eight groups of the United People’s Front, which is demanding a separate hill state within the territory of Manipur. “The presence of so many groups adds to the complexity. You may reach out, but to whom?” the Army official said, talking to visiting journalists recently.
“Given the complexity of the problem, it may take longer to achieve a solution,” he said.
“There are four major constituents in the problems affecting the state — insurgency, ethnic issues, criminal activities and drugs,” Mishra said.
He said the Army and other security forces, including the Assam Rifles, are doing their best to weed out insurgency from the state.