The erection of wooden fencing at undemarcated border areas with Myanmar was also a concern of the state government. Various social organizations and political parties along with state government appealed to the Centre to take up the issue with the Myanmar government.
    
The year also witnessed several seizure of illegal drugs while smugglers were trying to take them to Myanmar.
    
The biggest seizure took place when an Army Colonel Ajay Choudhury, posted as the Defence PRO in Imphal and five others were arrested by Manipur Police for allegedly ferrying drugs, estimated to be worth between Rs 15-30 crore, to Indo-Myanmar border.
    
More than 15 bombs were planted by militants at roadsides and various other places to attack the police and central paramilitary forces, but no casualty was reported.
    
Militants also hurled grenades and bombs at houses of businessmen in connection with their monetary demands although no money was paid to them.
    
Altogether 197 militants, belonging to different organizations surrendered before Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh at a function during which Ibobi Singh repeated his appeal to other rebels to lay down arms.
    
Official sources said that more than 30 militant groups have been operating in trouble-torn Manipur for the past four decades.
    
While small groups life Kuki National Front, Kuki National Army and some Naga militants want disintegration of Manipur to form small states along the ethnic lines, major groups like United National Liberation Front, Kanglei Yawol Kann Lup, People's Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak and Kangleipak Communist Party have been fighting for an 'independent Manipur', for what they called having 'forcibly merged' with the union of India in 1949.
    
Seven officials of Irrigation and Flood Control including five senior engineers were kidnapped by suspected Kuki militants, while they were returning after inspecting a project in Imphal East District on August 3. They were freed after two days.

(Agencies)

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