Manipur is hot again in India. Clashes were reported in the state’s Thoubal and West Imphal earlier in the new year. Police said that at least 4 people were killed. In addition to the dead, some were injured. Manipur state government has imposed curfew in five districts including the capital Imphal to maintain law and order situation. This information is known in the news of various Indian media.
Yesterday, Monday afternoon, 3 people were killed in the clash in Thoubal district of the valley. The victims were being taken to the hospital in a car. Miscreants stopped cars in Lilong Chingzhao area. At that time the driver was shot dead and the car was set on fire.
After the clash, tension spread in the valley as well as in the neighboring hilly areas. Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh appealed to both sides to maintain peace in a video message as the clashes broke out. Appealed to the residents to maintain peace and keep calm in the turbulent situation. He called an emergency cabinet meeting.
On May 3 last year, tension started in that state in the north-eastern part of India around the program of the Janjati student organization All Tribal Students Union of Manipur (ATSUM). The Manipur High Court had directed the state government to consider the issue of granting Scheduled Tribe status to the Meitei community. After that, people’s organizations started opposing it. And since that incident, the conflict between the Meitei people of Manipur and the Kuki and Jo clans started.
The situation is such that on May 6, the central government took over the responsibility of maintaining law and order in Manipur. The Army and the Rifles were dismounted. Former CRPF chief Kuldeep Singh has been given the responsibility of overseeing the overall security arrangements. But even after the end of the year, the violence did not stop in the state of Manipur. So far the death toll is more than 180. In addition, more than 60 thousand displaced people.