As tensions over protests in Manipur rise, fresh violence occurs in Imphal
Following an uprising in Imphal, Churachandpur, and Kangpokpi, a curfew was put in place last night in eight of the state’s districts.
Fresh Violence In Imphal, Manipur
The Army conducted a flag march today in Manipur’s violent areas amid ongoing protests by tribal organizations against a court decision regarding Scheduled Tribe status. Following an uprising in Imphal, Churachandpur, and Kangpokpi, a curfew was imposed in eight Manipur districts last night.
On Wednesday, the Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh was scheduled to speak at a program; however, the location was vandalized.
Additionally, mobile internet service in Manipur has been revoked.
The Army and Paramilitary Forces reached out to handle the situation
Violence was reportedly present today in some areas of Imphal. To stop the rising violence, the Army and paramilitary forces were enlisted.
To keep things under control, the armed forces held a flag march today. Following the violence, almost 9,000 people were saved and provided with shelter in army camps and government buildings throughout the state.
The statement issued by an Indian Army
“To restore law and order in Manipur, the Indian Army and Assam Rifles launched major rescue operations to evacuate more than 7,500 civilians from all communities nonstop throughout the night. The Indian Army “continues to focus on ensuring the safety and well-being of the people of Manipur,” according to a statement issued by the army.
The All Tribal Student Union Manipur organized a “Tribal Solidarity March.”
The All Tribal Student Union Manipur (ATSUM) organized a “Tribal Solidarity March” on Wednesday in the Churachandpur district’s Torbung neighborhood to express opposition to the non-tribal Meiteis community’s demand for Scheduled Tribe status.
Violence erupted in that march
Numerous individuals attended the rally where violence between tribal members and non-tribal members erupted, according to the police.
What’s the issue?
The majority of the Meitei community, who make up 53% of the total population of Manipur, live in the valley. According to the Meitei, “large-scale illegal immigration by Myanmarese and Bangladeshis” is a problem they are currently experiencing.
The Meiteies are prohibited by current legislation from settling in the state’s hilly regions.
Measures taken by the Govt. to control violence
To control the situation, additional security personnel were quickly dispatched from other regions of the state to the area. Today, the violence that followed the protests was discussed by Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Chief Minister Singh. Teams from the Rapid Action Force (RAF) have been sent by the center to the violent parts of the state’s northeast.
Manipur CM’s statement
According to the news agency, Chief Minister Singh stated that “precious lives have been lost, in addition to property damage, which is very regrettable.”
“The state government is making every effort to maintain the status quo of law and order, and more paramilitary forces have been requisitioned to safeguard the lives and property of the populace. Strong action against individuals and groups who are engaging in violence has been directed at central and state forces,” he continued.
Due to the unstable situation in the state, curfews have been imposed in the tribally dominant Churachandpur, Kangpokpi, and Tengnoupal districts as well as the non-tribal Imphal West, Kakching, Thoubal, Jiribam, and Bishnupur districts.