Army Declares Situation Under Control: More troops positioned in Manipur
According to the Indian Army, every effort was made to bring the Imphal and Churachandpur areas back to normal.
Army Declares Situation Under Control
Following clashes in some areas of Manipur, the Indian Army reported that the scenario in Moreh and Kangpokpi areas has been stabilized and brought under control.
The Indian Army added that every effort is being made to return the Imphal and Churachandpur region to normal.
Shoot At Sight Order
An order has been issued to the security forces stating Shoot At Sight in extreme cases when all other ways and measures have been exhausted.
Indian Army official’s statement
“In Moreh and Kangpokpi, the scenario has been brought under control and has stabilized. Restoring normalcy is the aim of Churachandpur and Imphal. Additional troops were still being stationed in Manipur as a precaution,” according to Indian Army officials.
According to them, more support was also transferred from Nagaland.
In addition, the Indian Army announced that starting tonight from Guwahati and Tezpur, the Indian Air Force would conduct flying operations to induct additional columns of the Indian Army.
Flag marches were held to try to control the situation
The All Tribals Students Union (ATSU) Manipur organized a rally on May 3 to protest the demand for Meitei/Meete inclusion in the Scheduled Tribe category.
As a result of the violence that broke out, army and paramilitary forces were deployed in Manipur, and flag marches were held to try to control the situation.
Conrad Sangma called an emergency meeting
Conrad Sangma, the chief minister of Meghalaya, called an emergency meeting earlier on Thursday to ensure the security of students from Meghalaya in response to reports of violence in Manipur.
Senior government representatives were present at the meeting where the CM stressed the importance of ensuring the safety of all students. He also instructed the authorities to develop a plan for the eventual evacuation of students.
Over 200 Meghalayans, according to Mr. Sangma, are studying in Manipur, and the government is setting up a helpline for them to call in an emergency.
Army over the circulation of Fake videos
Army has warned people to be wary of fake videos.
The Spear Corps of the Indian Army tweeted, “Deceptive Videos on the Security Condition in Manipur involving a video of an assault on Assam Rifles post have been shared by detrimental aspects for ulterior motives. #IndianArmy desires all reliance on information through official & reliable sources only.
Violence in Manipur
In response to the Meiteis’ demand for Scheduled Tribe (ST) status—who predominate in the Imphal Valley—violence broke out on May 3 during the “Tribal Solidarity March” organized by the All Tribal Student Union Manipur (ATSUM) in the Torbung neighborhood of Churachandpur district.
The Manipur state government has banned mobile internet for five days to address the deteriorating law and order situation that has arisen as a result of tribal groups holding rallies in several of the state’s districts. A night curfew has also been implemented in some areas of the state along with a ban on large gatherings.