Assam Rifles apprehends insurgent recruiter

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Imphal: Assam Rifles has said it has recently foiled an attempt to recruit a 19 years old youth from Wangjing, Thoubal district by a local recruiter of the proscribed insurgent group PLA (People`s Liberation Army).

Inspector General of Assam Rifles (South), in a press statement released on Friday, said the youth was lured by Mantrimayum Tababa alias Pamuba Singh, son of M. Pakasana Singh, resident of Irengbam Awang Maning Leikai, Nambol on pretext of job in Tamu (in Myanmar).

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The recruiter who was under scanner for a long time was apprehended while he was attempting to surreptitiously transport the youth to Tamu.  Incidentally, the parents of the youth were not even aware about the entire incident and have conveyed their gratitude to the security forces for saving their son from the clutches of PLA, the paramilitary force said.

It said the proscribed insurgent group PLA is losing its credibility and ideological support from the locals and especially the youth in Manipur. The youth have realized that PLA and other insurgent groups are a hindrance in the path of peace, progress and prosperity of the state and thus no longer want to be associated with them. Resultantly, PLA is now resorting to human trafficking to get new recruits, it added.

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Their modus operandi includes identifying and luring the financially underprivileged youth to be trafficked to Myanmar under the pretext of job opportunities. Once in Myanmar and left with no option the youth is compelled to join the insurgent camps as recruits and face retributions if they do not comply, the Assam Rifles said.

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