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Security Forces Abuse Human Rights-AI Report on Oinam

AI Report on Oinam IN October 1990, the Amnesty International (AI) completed its study of 'Operation Bluebird', the name given to a counterattack by the Assam Rifles in Manipur of a violent raid on a military outpost by the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN). The attack took place in July 1987 in Oinam, Manipur, when members of the NSCN killed nine Assam Rifles soldiers before escaping with arms and ammunition. Since this episode Oinam and the surrounding area have been subjected to the combing techniques employed by the Assam Rifles as they retaliate in this most recent round of violent exchanges between the Naga movement for autonomy and the central government's repression. A hardline combing operation launched in August 1987 has killed at least 14 Manipur villagers, tortured others and detained many more; 125 houses have been burned and dismantled, grain stores, vegetable plots, domestic goods, and livestock looted. Women have been sexually abused, beaten; nor have children (several dozen) been spared.

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