IMPHAL, May 19: After fleeing home and taking refuge at Khangbarol BDO Office complex, the villagers of Sehao Village under Khengjoy Sub-Division in Chandel district returned back to their homes and burnt down the dismantled camp of Kuki National Liberation Front (KNLF) today.
The villagers of Sehao village were forced to flee their homes after armed cadres of KNLF brutally beaten up some villagers of Sehao including the village Chief and other six labourers engaged in the construction of PMGSY road on May last besides threatening them to kill if they inform the army.
On receiving information about the removal of KNLF cadres from Simol and dismantling of their camp by the concerned authority, the villagers of Sehao returned to the village along with their belongings after taking shelter at a temporary relief camp set up at Khangbarol temporary relief camp for more than a week.
Soon after reaching their village, the villagers including women went down towards Simol village and torched the already dismantled camp of KNLF. However, the property of
Simol village including the Village Community Hall located inside the camp and livestock of the armed outfit were left untouched by the enraged villagers.
Speaking to media persons, a woman of the village said that the dismantled camp of KNLF was burnt down by them to show their discontentment against frequent torture of them by cadres of the outfit.
Ever since the outfit`™s camp was set up at Simol, the villagers of the area particularly Sehao villagers were gripped with fear as the armed cadres of the outfit ventured out and tortured innocent villagers without any reason, she lamented.
Seikhomang Haokip, chief of Sehao also expressed gratitude to the District Administration Chandel, KSO, TSA and all the Officers and personnel of 6 Dogra Regiment for their assistance towards the Sehao villagers.