THE JIRIBAM WAY On 03 May 2023, when entire Manipur valley exploded in the ethnic strife, the ripples were felt in Jiribam also, which has fair mix of the affected communities. The Assam Rifles having a presence in the Jiribam town and adjoining areas quickly mobilised their columns and reached the potential flash points in time to dissuade the mob, who had gathered to indulge in act of violence and vandalism. Quick action by the columns saved a church and many houses from being burnt and vandalised. Assam Rifles troops thereafter in close coordination with state police and civil administration engaged community leaders to spread the message of peace and harmony. Active patrolling and domination prevented inimical elements from their nefarious design. Many check posts erected by the vigilantes were destroyed and a large number of weapons seized. In addition, proactive intervention led to rumours being arrested and situation remaining under control. Relief camps were visited and relief in terms of medical camps, rations, water supply was provided. Working round the clock with the civil administration, the situation was nipped in the bud and controlled in this Western Gateway to Manipur. All efforts are now being directed to encourage people to return to their homes and start their daily life in harmony with others. As on date, almost 200 people have returned and the signs are encouraging. May be Jiribam will emerge as an example for others to emulate in coming days.

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