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IMPHAL | January 27, 2020:
The Manipur government and the central paramilitary Assam Rifles, which operates under the command of the Indian Army, are at loggerheads over the guarding of check posts along highways following the alleged harassment of a woman IPS officer by an Assam Rifles jawan.
While the Assam Rifles, the oldest paramilitary force guarding the India-Myanmar border, has strongly refuted the allegations of a woman Indian Police Service (IPS) officer of "physical assault, molestation, harassment and abuse" by the paramilitary troopers, the Manipur government has approached the Union Home Ministry to deploy state forces in place of Assam Rifles troopers at all check-posts set up along the highways in the northeastern state.
"As the state government and the Assam Rifles are separately probing the allegations of the woman IPS officer, we would wait until the outcome of the inquiries. We would not make any further statement on the sensitive issue," a defence spokesman told IANS over phone on Sunday.
Manipur government spokesman and Education Minister Th. Radheshyam told the media that Manipur government has decided to hand over the security of all check posts along the highways in the state to the police as these are currently being manned by the Assam Rifles troopers.