Manipur violence – – India The News


Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who returned from a foreign trip, held a high-level meeting regarding the caste violence in Manipur for more than a month., in which Union Ministers Amit Shah, Nirmala Sitharaman and Hardeep Puri were present. The current situation in Manipur was discussed in the meeting. Regarding the caste violence taking place in the state, Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge has said in a tweet that ‘there is news that finally Home Minister (Amit Shah) has spoken to Prime Minister Modi on Manipur. For the last 55 days Modi ji did not say a word on Manipur. The whole country is waiting to hear his ‘Manipur Ki Baat’. He said, ‘If Modi ji really thinks anything about Manipur, then first of all sack your chief minister. Seize weapons from militant organizations and anti-social elements. Start talks with all the parties and find a common political path. End the blockade with the help of security forces. The Congress president also urged Prime Minister Modi to ‘ensure availability of essential commodities by opening and securing national highways’. A package of relief, rehabilitation and livelihood for the affected people should be prepared without delay. The announced relief package is insufficient. Kharge said, ‘No amount of propaganda by the BJP and the Modi government can cover up their abject failures in the Manipur violence.’ Significantly, in Manipur, more than 100 people have died in ethnic violence that broke out between the Meitei and Kuki communities in early May. The clashes started after a ‘tribal solidarity march’ was organized in the hill districts on May 3 to protest against the Meitei community’s demand for Scheduled Tribe (ST) status in the state. Amidst the ongoing violence there, the security forces have intensified their operations. According to the police, mortars and IEDs have been recovered during the search operation in the last 24 hours. According to a statement issued by the police, during the last 24 hours, 12 bunkers were demolished during the search operation in Tamenglong, Imphal East, Bishnupur, Kangpokpi, Kakching and Churachandpur districts. Police said the situation remained tense amid some sporadic incidents, but was completely under control. The statement also informed that during the search operation, three 51mm and 84mm mortar shells were recovered from a paddy field in Sahumphai. Meanwhile, an IED was recovered near Kangwai and S Kotliyan villages in Bishnupur district. Bomb disposal squads defused the mortar shells and IEDs on the spot. Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh said that a report has been submitted to Home Minister Amit Shah on the steps taken by the government to restore peace in the state. The Chief Minister, who returned to Imphal after a meeting with Shah, also said that the initial phase of the violence was highly political and sensitive, but cannot say what is happening now. The situation has become extremely chaotic.
Taking serious note of the ethnic violence taking place in Manipur, Home Minister Amit Shah had gone there on a four-day visit recently. During his visit, he went to different parts of the state like Imphal, Moreh, Kangpokpi and Churachandpur and met the citizens and also talked to them for restoring peace in the state and also tried to clear the misconceptions. On the last day of the four-day visit, Union Minister for Home and Cooperation Shri Amit Shah said that for better and non-partisan coordination among all agencies working to maintain security in Manipur under the chairmanship of Security Advisor, Shri Kuldeep Singh Inter-agency Unified Command will be established. Out of all the cases registered in connection with the violence, the identified 5 cases and 6 cases including one case of general conspiracy will be investigated by the special team of CBI and without any bias and discrimination, the causes of the violence will be investigated in future as follows Strict action will be taken to punish the guilty to prevent such incidents. Along with this, a judicial commission will be constituted under the chairmanship of the retired Chief Justice of the High Court to investigate the violence. The Union Home Minister said that an amount of Rs 10 lakh would be given to the next of kin of those who lost their lives in the violence under the relief and rehabilitation package by the Government of India and the Government of Manipur. This amount of Rs 5 lakh will be given by the Government of India and Rs 5 lakh by the state government through DBT in their bank accounts. To ensure uninterrupted supply of essential commodities to the state, the Government of India has sent 30,000 metric tonnes of rice in addition to the prescribed quota. Apart from this, arrangements have also been made for the supply of gas cylinders, petrol and vegetables. He said that supply of essential commodities to Manipur from the rest of the country would also be ensured by setting up a temporary platform at Khongsang Railway Station. For ease of movement, temporary helicopter facility is being started from Churachandpur, Moreh and Kangpokpi, which will provide transport facility to people to airport and remote places at the rate of only Rs 2000 per person. The rest of the cost of this service will be borne by the Government of India and the state government. Out of 8 medical teams formed by Government of India, 3 teams have reached Manipur and 5 teams are going to reach soon. These teams will provide health facilities in Moreh, Churachandpur and Kangpokpi areas. In order to continue the competitive examinations and education system for the students of Manipur uninterruptedly, the officials of the Ministry of Education, Government of India, along with the officials of the State Education Department, will prepare a concrete plan on the system of online studies, examinations and distance education. Necessary arrangements are being made at Churachandpur, Moreh and Kangpokpi for appearing in the Manipur High Court through virtual medium. Joint Secretary level officers of Union Home Ministry and 5 Director level officers of different ministries will be present there for all arrangements to run smoothly in the state.
Along with the steps taken above, it is necessary to win the trust of various communities there, restoration of trust both at the society and government level will be the basis of solving the problem.

– Irwin Khanna (Chief Editor, Dainik Uttam Hindu)

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