Army says women-led group in Manipur prevented movement of forces as armed  miscreants sneaked into villages - The Hindu

Drones used to monitor road blocks in Manipur

The use of drones to monitor road blocks has been initiated in Manipur to address a concerning pattern of people blocking roads, enabling unidentified individuals to infiltrate villages, according to security forces. In response to these incidents, the Army has deployed additional personnel and increased foot patrols in the area while closely monitoring the situation.

On June 23, the Army reported that a large group of women, acting as part of a mob, obstructed the movement of additional personnel near the Kangpokpi and Imphal East districts in Manipur. Concurrently, “armed miscreants” fired upon villages. Fortunately, no casualties were reported. The Army identified a recurring pattern over the past 20 days, wherein armed miscreants enter villages and engage in gunfire using automatic weapons, while women protesters block roads to impede the movement of security forces.

To counter this strategy, the Army has implemented a plan to block roads at certain distances to confine the mob and prevent the miscreants from escaping the area.

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In addition to traditional security measures, the use of drones has been introduced to enhance surveillance and monitor road blocks more effectively. Drones provide a bird’s-eye view and enable authorities to gather real-time information on the ground situation. This technological approach aims to improve response times and ensure the safety of both the security forces and the local communities.

The situation in Manipur remains under close scrutiny, with the Army taking proactive measures to address the emerging threats. By actively monitoring road blocks, deploying additional personnel, and utilizing drones for surveillance, security forces aim to prevent further incidents and maintain peace and stability in the region. The cooperation and support of the local population are crucial in countering these challenges and safeguarding the well-being of the communities in Manipur.