Home Minister Amit Shah Issues Latest Statement On Manipur Violence And It’s Resolution
Union Home Minister Amit Shah announced on Thursday that a retired high court chief justice will lead a judicial investigation into the clashes that occurred in Manipur, a northeastern state in India. Shah also stated that a peace committee, headed by the Governor of Manipur Anusuiya Uikey, will be established with representatives from political parties, as well as the Kuki and Meitei communities and social organizations.
Shah emphasized the importance of dialogue as the sole solution to the ongoing crisis in Manipur. Additionally, he revealed plans to initiate a CBI probe into five criminal conspiracies and a general conspiracy related to the violence in Manipur. Shah acknowledged that violence was a temporary phase and expressed confidence that misunderstandings would be resolved, leading to a return to normalcy.
To address the Indo-Myanmar border issue, Shah emphasized the need to complete the fencing between the two countries to ensure a permanent solution. There are concerns about drug smuggling and the movement of militants across the porous border. Biometrics of individuals arriving from neighboring countries are being collected as a measure to address these issues.
Shah highlighted his visits to relief camps and discussions with both Kuki and Meitei civil groups regarding the peace process. He claimed that since the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) came to power in Manipur six years ago, the state had remained free of bandhs (strikes) and curfews until the recent ethnic clashes, which he attributed to a misunderstanding and a hasty judgment.
Meanwhile, three police personnel were injured in a gunfight with suspected Kuki militants in Manipur’s Bishnupur district. The gunfight occurred at Tangjeng under the Kumbi police station. Search operations for hidden arms caches are being conducted throughout the state by the army and police forces, with the assistance of drones and increased security deployments.
Shah reiterated the government’s commitment to restoring peace in Manipur and facilitating the safe return of internally displaced people to their homes. The clashes initially erupted due to protests by the Meitei community demanding Scheduled Tribe (ST) status, following a Tribal
Solidarity March organized in the hill districts of Manipur. After a period of relative calm, the state witnessed a resurgence of clashes and gunfights between militants and security forces. The violence has resulted in the death of over 80 individuals thus far, according to officials.
News Source From : Press Trust Of India