Imphal: The Spear Corps in Dimapur, Nagaland in a statement on Thursday said, “All ranks of Indian Army are race, caste, creed and gender agnostic- fair to all & fear none. Officers and troops of Indian Army are posted to all parts of the country as per the requirement of the organisation.”
The statement of the Dimapur-based III Corps of the Indian Army was issued owing to certain section of people in Manipur who reacted sharply to the removal of Director General of Police (DGP) P Doungel, a Kuki by ethnicity from his post, transferring him to OSD (Home) department in New Delhi.
Reports say that the Kuki Student Organisation (KSO) and various twitter handles and other social media sites, including Manipur Congress leader Lamtinthang Haokip posted the names and regiments of 22 Meitei officers from Colonel to Major rank and file.
“A message posted on Twitter & Facebook, circulated through messaging apps, gives out details of Army Officers of a particular community performing internal security duties in Manipur. Compounded with casting aspersions on their loyalty and integrity towards the nation, the message is aimed at maligning the very foundation of faith & ethos of officers of Indian Army. The very officers being discredited have spent sleepless nights, gone without food and water, rescued thousands and have provided refuge to people beyond religion, caste or creed in Manipur,” the Spear Corps in Dimapur said.
The Indian Army further clarified that the numbers depicted in the list represents a minute fraction of the total number of officers posted in all formations and units in Manipur currently.
While condemning the leak of the list of 22 Indian army officials, the Spear Corps maintained that the “post is an attempt to undermine an institution that is a microcosm of the nation and has never let regional biases interfere in its functioning and Indian Army strongly refutes this hideous message.”