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Manipur ultras recruiting kids as soldiers?


BROWN NONGMAITHEM | Imphal, April 27, 2012 12:29
Tags : child soldiers | manipur | militants | |

child soldiersThe conflict situation in the insurgency ridden state of Manipur has taken an ugly turn with reports of widespread abductions of children by militant outfits for recruitment as child soldiers.

The issue surfaced in various parts of the state in last few weeks and at least eight children, all aged around 13 are reported missing till date and the count could be much more.

Recruitment of child soldiers by underground militant organizations came to light for the first time in 2008 when a number of young boys disappeared one after another or in groups.

The police suspect that the issue of missing children could be linked to the recruitment of child soldiers by the underground militant groups.

As in the past, protest demonstrations are being organised in different parts of the state demanding that missing boys be brought back.

The police have intensified checking operations to prevent transportation of missing children but so far there is no report of breakthrough for the law enforcement agencies.

Parents of these children are scared to speak out considering the safety of their kids who are still believed to be in the grip of militants.

Meanwhile, three abducted boys, who were allegedly recruited as child soldiers by ultras were found on the Indo-Myanmar border and brought home on Thursday.

The three boys said they were relesed by the militants after few days of detention as they were considered too young.

“It is fact that well educated and matured individuals are indoctrinated by the separatists. Now they have turned their focus on children and are desperate to recruit them as cadres in their group,” exclaimed Home Minister Gaikhangam.

The minister said that the government has put all police stations of the state on high alert and at the same time the school authorities have been informed to be vigilant keeping in view cases of missing kids.

To further keep a tab on the situation, CCTV cameras have been installed at certain points of Imphal city.

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