The unrest in Manipur allegedly intensified on Thursday morning as fresh violence reported in Manipur when asserted armed rioters opened fire without warning close to the village of Haraothel in the Kangpokpi district. To stop the situation from getting worse, the Indian Army immediately engaged forces in the region. Unofficial sources report some casualties. A ‘Tribal Solidarity March’ sparked the Violence in Manipur. The Manipur Police suspended Rahul Gandhi’s convoy. Mr. Gandhi is visiting the violently afflicted Manipur state for two days. The Manipur Police stopped Gandhi’s convoy as a “precautionary measure.” The Congress president, Mallikarjun Kharge, criticized the BJP leaders in response to the incident.
Fresh Violence reported in Manipur: Armed rioters reportedly started shooting today in the Kangpokpi District; Indian Army stated
The Manipur Police stopped Rahul Gandhi’s convoy earlier on Thursday at Bishnupur, about 20 kilometers from Imphal.
Fresh Violence reported in Manipur
Asserted armed rioters allegedly opened fire without warning near the village of Haraothel in the Kangpokpi district on Thursday morning, escalating the unrest in Manipur.
To control the situation, the Indian Army immediately engaged forces in the region
It happened around 5:30 in the morning. To stop the situation from getting worse, the Indian Army immediately engaged forces in the region. According to a statement from the Indian Army, its troops relied on fire from the criminals and effectively reacted “in a defined way to avoid any additional damage.”
Unofficial sources report some casualties
Unconfirmed reports state that there were some casualties, and ANI news agency also noted that a crowd assembled nearby.
A ‘Tribal Solidarity March’ initiated the Violence in Manipur
A ‘Tribal Solidarity March’ held in the hill districts to protest the Meitei community’s call for Scheduled Tribe (ST) status set off violent clashes in Manipur on May 3. The Nagas and Kukis, who form about 40% of the population and mostly live in the hill districts, clashed with the Meiteis, who constitute about 53% of Manipur’s population and mostly live in the Imphal Valley.
The Manipur Police stopped Rahul Gandhi’s convoy
The Manipur Police halted Rahul Gandhi’s convoy earlier on Thursday at Bishnupur, about 20 kilometers from Imphal. Gandhi landed in Imphal and was on his way to Churachandpur to check out relief camps in the area. Gandhi is on a two-day visit to the violently affected Manipur state. According to the police, the convoy halted because of worries about possible conflict.
As a “precautionary measure,” The Manipur Police stopped Gandhi’s convoy
After police stopped a convoy in Manipur, Rahul Gandhi returned to Imphal. The “precautionary measure” was initiated by incidents like tire fires on the roadside close to Utlou village in the Bishnupur district and some cases of pelting stones at the convoy. According to a police officer, they asked the convoy to stop at Bishnupur because they feared that additional incidents like these might occur.
Mallikarjun Kharge slammed the BJP authorities
In response to the incident, Mallikarjun Kharge, the president of the Congress, attacked the BJP authorities in the state and the national government, who claimed that the “dual engine catastrophic authorities are using dictatorial approaches to thwart an empathetic outreach” by the former MP Rahul Gandhi.