29 May 2023

Violence in Manipur Ahead Of Shah's Visit, Over Three Dozen Militants Killed

Imphal: Despite all the efforts, the violence in Manipur is not stopping. Violence is happening here on a daily basis. In which five people lost their lives. Whereas till now more than three dozen militants have been killed by the army and police. State Chief Minister N Biren Singh is holding meetings continuously, even after this the violence is not stopping. Today on Monday, Union Home Minister Amit Shah is also reaching Manipur, before his visit violence broke out here again.

Shah will meet people of organizations

Amit Shah is reaching Manipur on Monday to restore peace in Manipur. Violence broke out just before his visit and five people lost their lives. Shah is trying to find a way to establish peace by discussing with various organizations here. 

Shah's visit is considered very important. On Sunday itself, 5 people including a policeman were killed in the fresh violence. Apart from this, 12 other people have been injured.


40 militants gunned down in four days

This violence is going on between the Meitei community settled around Imphal, the capital of Manipur, and the Kuki communities living in the hilly areas. 40 militants have been killed in the last 4 days in the action of the army and the police. State CM Biren Singh says that 40 armed Kuki militants have been gunned down in Manipur. Violence has continued in Manipur since May 3.

Meitei are mostly Hindu. There is a greater percentage of Meitei in the state’s population. On the other hand Nagas and Kukis are mostly Christians. Both of them belong to the tribal group. The Meitei ethnic group represents about 53% of Manipur's population. 

Curfew in many areas since May 3

In Manipur, curfew has been imposed in many areas since May 3. Although relief was given here in the last few days, but as soon as the violence flared up again, it was tightened once again. In the districts of West and East of Imphal, giving relief to the people, the district administration had allowed people to go out from 5 am to 4 pm. But as soon as the violence began again, people were allowed to leave the house only till 11:30 am. Apart from this, curfew relaxation in Bishnupur will also be till from 5 am to 12 noon instead of up to 2 pm.

Violence first began after HC ruling in April

The violence in the state first began after a Manipur High Court ruling on April 19 that directed the state government to submit recommendations for the inclusion of the Meitei community in the Scheduled Tribe category, which enraged the state's tribal population. The Meitei people are the predominant ethnic group of Manipur.

The court had advised the government that a proposal should be sent to the central government to give ST status to the Meitei community. The people of the Kuki community got enraged at this proposal and started taking out rallies against it. Violence started and the situation became uncontrollable. According to reports, around 80 people have died in Manipur violence so far.

Miscreants armed with weapons

A state official says the militants are armed with modern weapons. They are leaving no stone unturned to increase violence by misleading the local people. Kuki extremists have made the situation in the state so bad that it is difficult to handle them. Official said they have become so bold that they are not missing out on attacking the houses of officers, ministers and many MLAs as well.

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