Many killed in Manipur Violence; Train services stopped, Govt. issues shoot-at-sight order

Many killed in Manipur Violence; Train services stopped
Many killed in Manipur Violence; Train services stopped, Govt. issues shoot-at-sight order

Manipur Violence News: Do you know what is the reason behind Manipur violence? Violent clashes erupted in Manipur when members of tribal communities took to the streets to protest against the government’s decision to grant Scheduled Tribe (ST) status to the Meitei community, who make up the majority in the region. As a result of the clashes, numerous homes, churches, temples, and vehicles were either vandalized or set on fire.

On Wednesday, Manipur Violence erupted during a solidarity march organized by the All Tribal Students’ Union in Manipur. The protest was primarily led by members of the Kuki-Zomi tribal group, who are opposed to a proposal to grant Scheduled Tribe (ST) status to the Meitei community, which represents the majority of the state’s population. This move follows an April 19 directive from the Manipur High Court, which ordered the state government to submit a recommendation for including the Meitei community in the ST list to the Union Tribal Affairs Ministry by May 29.

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On May 4, the government of Manipur issued a directive allowing for the use of lethal force in “extreme cases” due to increasing incidents of ethnic violence in the state. The violence began after a march for tribal solidarity and has resulted in over 9,000 people being displaced. While there is no official count of casualties, Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren Singh has acknowledged that “some precious lives were lost.”

According to a statement by the Indian Army, the Indian Air Force conducted a series of sorties from two airfields located in Assam, utilizing C17 Globemaster and AN 32 aircraft. The air force began the operation on the night of May 4th, additional columns were deployed starting in the early hours of May 5th, to achieve full domination in the area.

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Throughout the night, there were reports of the forced removal of civilians from affected areas regardless of their community. The army has stated that a flag march is currently underway in sensitive areas such as Churachandpur.

Due to current law and order situation, the Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) has suspended all train services. The NFR’s Chief Public Relations Officer, Sabyasachi De, stated that the decision to halt train movement was made following a request from the Manipur government. According to De, four trains scheduled to run on May 5 and 6 have been cancelled. The suspension will remain in place until the situation improves.

In light of fake videos being circulated regarding the security situation in Manipur, the Indian Army has advised citizens to only rely on information from official and verified sources. Additionally, media reports have suggested that Union Home Minister Amit Shah will not be travelling to Manipur on Friday. However, Shah did speak with the chief ministers of Manipur and neighbouring states on Thursday and held virtual meetings with top central and state bodies to assess the situation in the state.

On May 3, Manipur Violence erupted in the Torbung area of Churachandpur district during the ‘Tribal Solidarity March’ organized by the All Tribal Student Union Manipur (ATSUM). The march was held to protest the demand for Scheduled Tribe (ST) status by the Meiteis, who are dominant in the Imphal Valley.

The state, where ethnic tensions run deep, was quickly consumed by violence that forced thousands of people to flee their burning homes and neighbourhoods. Despite the deployment of thousands of army and paramilitary personnel to restore peace, the violence persisted until late Thursday evening. At least 9,000 people were evacuated as troops marched through the deserted streets of the affected towns.

According to reports, Vungzagin Valte, an MLA from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) representing the Thanlon constituency in the Pherzawl district, was assaulted by a group of people on Thursday afternoon while travelling back from the chief minister’s secretariat. The attack allegedly took place on the RIMS road, where the lawmaker’s vehicle was targeted by the mob.

Amidst ongoing ethnic violence in Imphal, Manipur, the state’s governor has issued shoot-at-sight orders in an attempt to restore order. Mobs have reportedly set fire to homes, shops, and places of worship, and have even targeted a sitting lawmaker in the area.

Last Words On Manipur Violence

The coordinated efforts of all stakeholders have led to the Indian Army bringing the situation in Manipur Violence under control, as announced on Friday.

The Northeast Frontier Railway has suspended all train services to Manipur following the eruption of clashes throughout the state.

According to members of the Meitei community, their residences had also been targeted, leading them to flee in search of a haven.

In certain districts, a curfew continued to be enforced, and for the second consecutive day, there was a suspension of internet services.

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