Imphal, Jan 10 : Seven Manipuri youths who were lured away with the promise of giving them jobs through a recruitment rally of Assam Rifles, were allegedly asked to pose as militants if they want the jobs.
This came to light during a press conference called by the said youths from Heirok Part II Maning Leikai village in Thoubal district who went to attend the so called recruitment rally of Assam Rifles unit at Chandel on Tuesday afternoon.
From December last year to January 5 this year, one lady S Purnima Devi from Andro village in Imphal East district and Th Rameshor Singh of Heirok village along with Purnima’s husband Gambhir who is stationed at the Assam Rifles unit, allegedly lured the youths with the promise of giving them jobs.
Speaking to media, M Thoiba of Heirok Maning Leikai village who returned home along with E Mohendro, N Jonny, M Premkanta, Th Milan, N Herojit and M Oken, all from Heirok Part II Maning Leikai village, after visiting the 42 Assam Rifles camp at Chandel, said that initially, they offered jobs but asked us to pose as militants belonging to KYKL-MDF in the forthcoming surrender ceremony.
The incident evoked sharp reactions from the Heirok residents, but no untoward incident was reported with the timely intervention of the locals clubs and police.
Meanwhile, Thoubal police detained Purnima and Rameshor following a complaint by local clubs.
PRO, Assam Rifles, in a press statement, on Tuesday clarified that they did not approach any locals for joining insurgent groups for peace process/surrenders. “However, after preliminary investigation at battalion level they were not found part of the group. Thus, these seven youths were returned,” the PRO added.
The statement claimed that the press release was aimed at defaming the Assam Rifles and interrupting the ongoing peace process between the Government of India and KYKL (MDF).